Optimal Insurance Purchase Strategies via Optimal Multiple Stopping Times
26 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2014 Last revised: 18 Feb 2015
Date Written: October 6, 2014
In this paper we demonstrate how to develop analytic closed form solutions to optimal multiple stopping time problems of direct relevance to applications in insurance for Operational Risk. Within this context we study a class of insurance products where the policy holder has the option to insure k of its annual Operational Risk losses in a horizon of T years. This involves a choice of k out of T years in which to apply the insurance policy coverage by making claims against losses in the given year. The insurance product structure presented can accommodate any kind of annual mitigation, but we present two basic generic insurance policy structures that can be combined to create more complex types of coverage. Following the Loss Distributional Approach (LDA) with Poisson distributed annual loss frequencies and Inverse-Gaussian loss severities we are able to characterize in closed form analytical expressions for the multiple optimal decision strategy that minimizes the expected Operational Risk loss over the next T years. For the cases where the combination of insurance policies and LDA model does not lead to closed form expressions for the multiple optimal decision rules, we also develop a principled class of closed form approximations to the optimal decision rule. These approximations are developed based on a class of orthogonal Askey polynomial series basis expansion representations of the annual loss compound process distribution and functions of this annual loss.
Keywords: Multiple stopping rules, Operational risk, Insurance
JEL Classification: C61, G32, G22
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