Cross-hedging minimum return guarantees: Basis and liquidity risks

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We reveal pitfalls in the hedging of insurance contracts with a minimum return guarantee on the underlying investment, e.g. an external mutual fund. We analyze basis risk entailed by hedging the guarantee with a dynamic portfolio of proxy assets for the funds. We also take account of liquidity risk which arises since the insurer may need to advance funds for performing the hedge. Based on a least-squares Monte Carlo simulation, we study the economic implications of basis and liquidity risks. We demonstrate that both risks may be surprisingly high and show how the design of the contract and the hedging strategy may help to alleviate them.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Economic Dynamics and Control
Pages (from-to)93-109
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 04.2014
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Basis risk, Least-squares monte carlo, Liquidity risk, Periodic premia, Variable annuities
  • Management studies