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An optimal life insurance policy in the investment-consumption problem in an incomplete market

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  • Masahiko Egami
  • Hideki Iwaki

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This paper considers an optimal life insurance for a householder subject to mortality risk. The household receives a wage income continuously, which is terminated by unexpected (premature) loss of earning power or (planned and intended) retirement, whichever happens first. In order to hedge the risk of losing income stream by householder's unpredictable event, the household enters a life insurance contract by paying a premium to an insurance company. The household may also invest their wealth into a financial market. The problem is to determine an optimal insurance/investment/consumption strategy in order to maximize the expected total, discounted utility from consumption and terminal wealth. To reflect a real-life situation better, we consider an incomplete market where the householder cannot trade insurance contracts continuously. To our best knowledge, such a model is new in the insurance and finance literature. The case of exponential utilities is considered in detail to derive an explicit solution. We also provide numerical experiments for that particular case to illustrate our results.

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  • Masahiko Egami & Hideki Iwaki, 2007. "An optimal life insurance policy in the investment-consumption problem in an incomplete market," Papers 0801.0195, arXiv.org, revised May 2011.
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