School Seminars and Colloquia

Numerical Solutions of Optimal Risk Control and Dividend Optimization Policies with Singular Controls

Stochastic Processes and Financial Mathematics

by Zhuo Jin

Institution: Centre for Actuarial Studies, MU
Date: Thu 22nd March 2012
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: Old Geology-Theatre 2

Abstract: This work develops numerical methods for finding optimal dividend pay-out and reinsurance policies. A generalized singular control formulation of surplus and discounted payoff function are introduced, where the surplus is modelled by a regime-switching process subject to both regular and singular controls. To approximate the value function and optimal controls, Markov chain approximation techniques are used to construct a discrete-time controlled Markov chain with two components. The proofs of the convergence of the approximation sequence to the surplus process and the value function are given. Examples of proportional and excess-of-loss reinsurance are presented to illustrate the applicability of the numerical methods.