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Reinsurance, ruin and solvency issues: some pitfalls


  • Arthur Charpentier

    () (Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique - Polytechnique - X - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


In this paper, we consider optimal reinsurance from an insurer's point of view. Given a (low) ruin probability target, insurers want to find the optimal risk transfer mechanism, i.e. either a proportional or a nonproportional reinsurance treaty. Since it is usually admitted that reinsurance should lower ruin probabilities, it should be easy to derive an efficient Monte Carlo algorithm to link ruin probability and reinsurance parameter. Unfortunately, if it is possible for proportional reinsurance, this is no longer the case in nonproportional reinsurance. Some examples where reinsurance might increase ruin probabilities are given at the end, when claim arrival and claim size are not independent.

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  • Arthur Charpentier, 2010. "Reinsurance, ruin and solvency issues: some pitfalls," Working Papers hal-00463381, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:hal-00463381
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    Dependence; Reinsurance; Ruin probability; Solvency requirements;

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