The Asset-Liability Ratio: An Innovative Risk-Adjusted Performance Measure for Life Insurers
33 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2019
Date Written: February 4, 2019
Established risk-adjusted financial performance measures such as the Sharpe, the Sortino or the Calmar Ratio have been developed with an exclusive focus on the mutual and hedge fund industries. Consequently, they are less suited for liability-driven investors such as life insurance companies, whose portfolio choice is materially affected by the substantial interest rate sensitivity of their long-term contractual obligations. In order to tackle this limitation, we develop the Asset-Liability Ratio, which is theoretically motivated, computable based on publicly-available data, incentive compatible and effective. Hence, it should be a valuable new tool for performance assessment in the life insurance industry.
Keywords: Asset-Liability Management, Life Insurance, Performance Measurement, Rank Correlation
JEL Classification: G11, G22, G28, G32, G38
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