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Rational and mechanics of a peak risk variance swap for a property insurance portfolio


  • Zvezdov, Ivelin


In this technical report we explore the motivation, structuring and detailed mechanics of a variance swap contract adapted for a property insurance portfolio. We structure, price and test sensitivities of the swap contract using real event historical and modeled natural catastrophe loss data. Our key motivation is to propose an element of financial engineering innovation to insurance portfolio risk management to allow for constructing hedging strategies that may not be possible to achieve with traditional reinsurance treaties and contracts.

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  • Zvezdov, Ivelin, 2012. "Rational and mechanics of a peak risk variance swap for a property insurance portfolio," MPRA Paper 38954, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38954

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    variance swap; peak catastrophe risk hedging; insurance portfolio risk management and risk transfer;

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    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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