Imperfect Hedging in Defaultable Markets and Insurance Applications

  • Author / Creator
    Nosrati, Amir
  • In this thesis, we study the impact of random times to model and manage unpredictable risk events in the financial models. First, as a generalization of the classical Neyman-Pearson lemma, we show how to minimize the probabil- ity of type-II-error when the null hypothesis, alternative and the significance level all are revealed to us randomly. This randomness arises some measurabil- ity requirements that we have dealt with them by using a measurable selection argument. Then, we consider a regime-switching financial model which is sub- ject to a default time satisfying the so-called the density hypothesis. For this model, we present a Girsanov type result and an explicit representation for the problem of superhedging. In both cases, the desired representation is decom- posed into an after-default and a global before-default decomposition. Another problem consists in minimizing the expected shortfall risk for defaultable se- curities under initial capital constraint. The underlying model is exposed to multiple independent default times satisfying the intensity hypothesis. We il- lustrate the results by numerical examples and the applications to Guaranteed Minimum Maturity Benefit (GMMB) equity-linked life insurance contracts. Finally, we construct a framework to consider a Guaranteed Minimum Death Benefit (GMDB) equity-linked life insurance contract as a Bermudan option. Under an initial capital constraint, we provide closed-form solutions for the quantile hedging problem of a GMDB contract with a constant guarantee.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2016
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Mathematical Finance
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kouritzin, Mike (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta)
    • Yaskin, Vladyslav (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta)
    • Ware, Tony (Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary)
    • Hillen, Thomas (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta)
    • Frei, Christoph (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta)