Impact of recent market turbulence on hedging programs for equity-linked guarantees

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Financial risk management techniques developed in the past five years have weathered their first significant real-world test. During the market turbulence in the beginning of 2008, insurers with robust hedging strategies saw their equity-linked guarantee products hold up as anticipated. Our survey of 16 companies with such programs examines these results and documents the behavior of a typical yet hypothetical hedging program during this volatile time.