Model-Independent Price Bounds for Catastrophic Mortality Bonds

Raj Kumari Bahl, Sotirios Sabanis

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In this paper, we are concerned with the valuation of Catastrophic Mortality Bonds and, in particular, we examine the case of the Swiss Re Mortality Bond 2003 as a primary example of this class of assets. This bond was the first Catastrophic Mortality Bond to be launched in the market and encapsulates the behaviour of a well-defined mortality index to generate payoffs for bondholders. Pricing this type of bonds is a challenging task and no closed form solution exists in the literature. In our approach, we adapt the payoff of such a bond in terms of the payoff of an Asian put option and present a new approach to derive model-independent bounds exploiting comonotonic theory as illustrated in \cite{prime1} for the pricing of Asian options. We carry out Monte Carlo simulations to estimate the bond price and illustrate the strength of the bounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-291
JournalInsurance: Mathematics and Economics
Volume96
Early online date20 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • q-fin.PR
  • math.PR
  • 91G20, 60G44

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