Financial Bounds for Insurance Claims

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Carole Bernard

Grenoble Ecole de Management; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Steven Vanduffel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

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Date Written: February 9, 2012


In this paper insurance claims are priced using an indifference pricing principle. We first revisit the traditional economic framework and then extend it to include the presence of a complete financial market. In this context we derive lower bounds for claims' prices, and these bounds correspond to the market prices of some explicitly known financial payoffs. In particular we show that the discounted expected value is no longer valid as a classical lower bound for insurance prices in general, and has to be corrected by a covariance term which reflects the interaction between the insurance claim and the financial market. The paper is illustrated by examples with equity-linked insurance contracts subject to financial and mortality risk.

Keywords: Cost-efficiency, Jensen’s inequality, Fréchet bounds, Indifference pricing

Suggested Citation

Bernard, Carole and Vanduffel, Steven, Financial Bounds for Insurance Claims (February 9, 2012). Paris December 2011 Finance Meeting EUROFIDAI - AFFI, Available at SSRN: or

Carole Bernard (Contact Author)

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

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Steven Vanduffel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
Brussels, Brabant 1050


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