Eur. Actuar. J. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13385-018-0173-7 ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Observations on industry practice in the construction of large correlation structures for risk and capital margins Gregory Clive Taylor Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 16 March 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 © EAJ Association 2018 Abstract This is a practical paper, concerned with certain existing industry prac- tices used to factor large correlation matrices into estimates of variance of total port- folio liabilities, and hence into risk, and possibly capital margins, and the extent to which those practices are theoretically sound. Two such practices are examined, and the results of this enquiry are largely negative. One practice appears to be fatally flawed. It is found to produce an estimated variance of total liabilities from the variance of subsets of the total that is not consistent with any particular correlation matrix between those subsets other than in trivial circumstances. The other approach lacks the support of any formulated stochastic model of the liabilities. While such a model may exist (as yet unformulated), the author has not succeeded in identifying it. The “most obvious” contender has been tested, and found wanting. Keywords Capital margin · Correlation matrix · Industry practice · Loss reserving · Risk margin · Tensor product 1 Introduction 1.1 N ature of the paper
European Actuarial Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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