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Optimal risk and liquidity management with costly refinancing opportunities


Barth, Andrea; Moreno, Santiago (2014). Optimal risk and liquidity management with costly refinancing opportunities. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 57:31-45.

Abstract

In this paper we study risk and liquidity management decisions within an insurance firm. Risk management corresponds to decisions regarding proportional reinsurance, whereas liquidity management has two components: distribution of dividends and costly equity issuance. Contingent on whether proportional or fixed costs of reinvestment are considered, singular stochastic control or stochastic impulse control techniques are used to seek strategies that maximize the firm value. We find that, in a proportional-costs setting, the optimal strategies are always mixed in terms of risk management and refinancing. In contrast, when fixed issuance costs are too high relative to the firm’s profitability, optimal management does not involve refinancing. We provide analytical specifications of the optimal strategies, as well as a qualitative analysis of the interaction between refinancing and risk management.

Abstract

In this paper we study risk and liquidity management decisions within an insurance firm. Risk management corresponds to decisions regarding proportional reinsurance, whereas liquidity management has two components: distribution of dividends and costly equity issuance. Contingent on whether proportional or fixed costs of reinvestment are considered, singular stochastic control or stochastic impulse control techniques are used to seek strategies that maximize the firm value. We find that, in a proportional-costs setting, the optimal strategies are always mixed in terms of risk management and refinancing. In contrast, when fixed issuance costs are too high relative to the firm’s profitability, optimal management does not involve refinancing. We provide analytical specifications of the optimal strategies, as well as a qualitative analysis of the interaction between refinancing and risk management.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:20 Feb 2015 09:38
Last Modified:14 Feb 2018 23:04
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-6687
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.insmatheco.2014.05.001
Official URL:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167668714000547
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:10283

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