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Optimal reinsurance: a reinsurer’s perspective

  • Fei Huang (a1) and Honglin Yu (a1)

In this paper, the optimal safety loading that the reinsurer should set in the reinsurance pricing is studied, which is novel in the literature. It is first assumed that the insurer will choose the form of the reinsurance contract by following the results derived in Cai et al. Different optimality criteria from the reinsurer’s perspective are then studied, such as maximising the expectation of the profit, maximising the utility of the profit and minimising the value-at-risk of the reinsurer’s total loss. By applying the concept of comonotonicity, the problem in which the reinsurer is facing two risks with unknown dependency structure is also solved. Closed-form solutions are obtained when the underlying losses are zero-modified exponentially distributed. Finally, numerical examples are provided to illustrate the results derived.

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*Correspondence to: Fei Huang, Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics, College of Business and Economics, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia. E-mail:, Phone: +61 2 61257390.
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Annals of Actuarial Science
  • ISSN: 1748-4995
  • EISSN: 1748-5002
  • URL: /core/journals/annals-of-actuarial-science
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