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Creator: Koijen, Ralph S. J., Nieuwerburgh, Stijn van, and Yogo, Motohiro Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 499 Abstract:
We develop a pair of risk measures, health and mortality delta, for the universe of life and health insurance products. A life-cycle model of insurance choice simplifies to replicating the optimal health and mortality delta through a portfolio of insurance products. We estimate the model to explain the observed variation in health and mortality delta implied by the ownership of life insurance, annuities including private pensions, and long-term care insurance in the Health and Retirement Study. For the median household aged 51 to 57, the lifetime welfare cost of market incompleteness and suboptimal choice is 3.2% of total wealth.
Palabra clave: Portfolio choice, Annuities, Life insurance, Health insurance, and Life-cycle model Tema: I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private, D91 - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics: Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making, G11 - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions, and D14 - Household Saving; Personal Finance
Creator: Koijen, Ralph S. J. and Yogo, Motohiro Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 500 Abstract:
During the financial crisis, life insurers sold long-term policies at deep discounts relative to actuarial value. The average markup was as low as −19 percent for annuities and −57 percent for life insurance. This extraordinary pricing behavior was due to financial and product market frictions, interacting with statutory reserve regulation that allowed life insurers to record far less than a dollar of reserve per dollar of future insurance liability. We identify the shadow cost of capital through exogenous variation in required reserves across different types of policies. The shadow cost was $0.96 per dollar of statutory capital for the average company in November 2008.
Palabra clave: Capital regulation, Leverage, Life insurance, Financial crisis, and Annuities Tema: G28 - Financial Institutions and Services: Government Policy and Regulation, G22 - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies, and G01 - Financial Crises
Creator: Koijen, Ralph S. J. and Yogo, Motohiro Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 505 Abstract:
Liabilities ceded by life insurers to shadow reinsurers (i.e., less regulated and unrated off-balance-sheet entities) grew from $11 billion in 2002 to $364 billion in 2012. Life insurers using shadow insurance, which capture half of the market share, ceded 25 cents of every dollar insured to shadow reinsurers in 2012, up from 2 cents in 2002. Our adjustment for shadow insurance reduces risk-based capital by 53 percentage points (or 3 rating notches) and increases default probabilities by a factor of 3.5. We develop a structural model of the life insurance industry and estimate the impact of current policy proposals to limit or eliminate shadow insurance. In the counterfactual without shadow insurance, the average company using shadow insurance would raise prices by 10 to 21 percent, and annual life insurance underwritten would fall by 7 to 16 percent for the industry.
Palabra clave: Demand estimation, Capital regulation, Life insurance industry, Regulatory arbitrage, and Reinsurance Tema: G28 - Financial Institutions and Services: Government Policy and Regulation, G22 - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies, L51 - Economics of Regulation, and L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
Creator: Koijen, Ralph S. J. and Yogo, Motohiro Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 510 Abstract:
We develop an asset pricing model with flexible heterogeneity in asset demand across investors, designed to match institutional and household holdings. A portfolio choice model implies characteristics-based demand when returns have a factor structure and expected returns and factor loadings depend on the assets' own characteristics. We propose an instrumental variables estimator for the characteristics-based demand system to address the endogeneity of demand and asset prices. Using U.S. stock market data, we illustrate how the model could be used to understand the role of institutions in asset market movements, volatility, and predictability.
Palabra clave: Liquidity, Institutional investors, Asset pricing model, Demand system, and Portfolio choice Tema: G12 - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates and G23 - Pension Funds; Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors