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Course title Life Insurance I
Course code EBC4119
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
4 6-2-2023 31-3-2023 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Antoon Pelsser
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Language of instruction English
In this course we aim to teach students the basic principles of pricing life-insurance and pension contract and basic principles of measuring value creation on a market-consistent basis (Market-Consistent Embedded Value).

The underlying principle for this course is the notion that the market-consistent value of a life-insurance or pension contract is based on the market-value of the Replicating Portfolio plus an “add-on” for the remaining (unhedgeable) portions of the risk that are not covered by the Replicating Portfolio.
1. Pricing by Replication: Role of the actuary; Basic idea fair value; Bonds; Forward rates; Duration; Inflation.
2. Equity Options: Unit linked insurance; Intro to option theory; Equity derivatives; With-profit policies.
3. Non-Financial Risks: Non-hedgeable risks; Modelling of mortality.
4. Utility-Based Pricing: Optimal investment strategies with non-hedgeable risks.
5. Time-Consistent and Market-Consistent Pricing: Two-step pricing operator; Pricing in continuous time.
6. Interest Rate Risk: Interest rate swaps; Swaptions; Minimum return guarantees.
7. Applications: Market-consistent embedded value; Solvency II; IFRS 17.

Study-load and grading :
* Study-load = 6.5 ECTS (= 182 study-hours).
* The course takes 7 weeks, with 4 contact hours every week plus mandatory homework assignments every week.
* Students work in groups of max. 3 students on the homework assignments. Each post-discussion two groups present their solution to the tutorial group, which will then be discussed by the tutorial group.
* Please note that the homework assignments are based on real-life cases. This means that the assignments are relatively unstructured. This also means that there is usually not a unique "correct" solution for the assignment. It is therefore important that students can motivate and defend the choices they have made to obtain their solution. Discussing the pro's and con's of different solutions will be an important aspect of the post-discussion.
* Average grade for all homework-presentations in the post-discussion counts for 50% of final grade. Final written exam counts for 50% of final grade.
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Bachelor Level Econometrics and Operations Research, including preparatory courses Actuarial Sciences.
Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) PBL / Lecture / Assignment
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) Participation / Written Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Master Econometrics and Operations Research Elective Course(s)
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