Stochastic Modeling and Fair Valuation of Drawdown Insurance
25 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2013 Last revised: 15 Oct 2013
Date Written: October 14, 2013
This paper studies the stochastic modeling of market drawdown events and the fair valuation of insurance contracts based on drawdowns. We model the asset drawdown process as the current relative distance from the historical maximum of the asset value. We first consider a vanilla insurance contract whereby the protection buyer pays a constant premium over time to insure against a drawdown of a pre-specified level. This leads to the analysis of the conditional Laplace transform of the drawdown time, which will serve as the building block for drawdown insurance with early cancellation or drawup contingency. For the cancellable drawdown insurance, we derive the investor's optimal cancellation timing in terms of a two-sided first passage time of the underlying drawdown process. Our model can also be applied to insure against a drawdown by a defaultable stock. We provide analytic formulas for the fair premium and illustrate the impact of default risk.
Keywords: drawdown insurance, early cancellation, optimal stopping, default risk
JEL Classification: C61, G01, G13, G22
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