Graduate Seminar Financial and Actuarial Mathematics LMU and TUM


2.01.03 Handelsraum/Riskfactory


Monday, January 9, 2023

Coffee break at 15:45-16:15

Time: cancelled

Speaker: Gunter Meissner (University of Hawaii)

Title: A unified Market Risk-Liquidity Risk Model

Abstract: Liquidity risk is typically added exogenously to a market price process. This is conceptually unsatisfying. We build a model, which integrates liquidity risk into the market price process. In particular, we add a liquidity (jump) component to the standard geometric Brownian motion and show that this approach models market prices better than without the liquidity component. Since long positions have to be liquidated at the bid price, we model bid and ask price individually. We verify our model with 50 million bond price data. We suggest that this model should underlie long positions in risk management approaches such as VaR (Value at Risk), ES (Expected Shortfall) and EVT (Extreme Value Theory). The talk is based on a joint work with Robert Engle and Anna van Elst.


Time: 16:15 - 17:00

Speaker:  Corrado De Vecchi (Technical University of Munich)

Title: Recent results in Model Risk Assessment

Abstract: After a brief introduction to the Model Risk Assessment literature, this talk will present two recent results in this field. The first part of this talk focuses on risk aggregation problems under partial dependence uncertainty. The main point of our analysis is to show that the knowledge of a dependence measure such as Pearson correlation,  Spearman's rho or the average correlation, has typically no effect on the worst-case scenario of the aggregated (Range)Value-at-Risk, with respect to the case of full dependence uncertainty. The second part of the talk deals with the robust assessment of a life insurance contract when there is ambiguity regarding the residual lifetime distribution function of the policyholder. Specifically, we show that if the ambiguity set is described using an L^2 distance constraint from a benchmark distribution function, then the net premium bounds can be reformulated as a convex linear program that enjoys many desirable properties.


Monday, February 6, 2023

Time: 14:30 – 15:15

Speaker: Antoon Pelsser (Maastricht University)

Title: The Recovery Potential for Underfunded Pension Plans

Abstract: We investigate whether risk-taking for resurrection type of risk preference (non-constant risk aversion) can increase the probability of achieving inflation-indexed pension benefits at retirement, especially when the starting position is underfunded. By maximizing the expected utility of the ratio of final wealth to a close approximation of this inflation-indexed target fund, we find that this non-constant risk aversion type of utility gives a high degree of certainty about achieving a certain percentage of this desired target fund. The CRRA utility is too risk-averse to overcome under-funding.


Time: 15:15 – 16:00 

Speaker:  Thijs Kamma (Technische Universität München)

Title: Near-Optimal Asset Allocation in Financial Markets with Trading Constraints 

Abstract: We develop a dual-control method for approximating investment strategies in multidimensional financial markets with convex trading constraints. The method relies on a projection of the optimal solution to an (unconstrained) auxiliary problem to obtain a feasible and near-optimal solution to the original problem. We obtain lower and upper bounds on the optimal value function using convex duality methods. The gap between the bounds indicates the precision of the near-optimal solution. We illustrate the effectiveness of our method in a market with different trading constraints such as borrowing, short-sale constraints and non-traded assets. We also show that our method works well for state-dependent utility functions. 


16:00 – 16:30     Kaffeepause


Time: 16:30 – 17:15   

Speaker:  Mogens Steffensen  (University of Copenhagen)

Title: Optimal consumption, investment, and insurance under state-dependent risk aversion

Abstract: We formalize a consumption-investment-insurance problem with the distinction of a state-dependent relative risk aversion. The state-dependence refers to the state of the finite state Markov chain that also formalizes insurable risks such as health and lifetime uncertainty. We derive and analyze the implicit solution to the problem, compare it with special cases in the literature, and illustrate the range of results in a disability model where the relative risk aversion is preserved, decreases, or increases upon disability. We also discuss whether the approach is appropriate to deal with uncertainty in relative risk aversion and consider some alternative ideas.


Time: 17:15 - 18:00

Speaker: Colin Zhang (Macquarie University) 

Title: Optimal Consumption, Investment, Housing and Life Insurance Purchase Decisions for a Couple with Dependent Mortality

Abstract: In this paper we study an optimisation problem for a couple including two breadwinners with uncertain lifetimes. Both breadwinners need to choose the optimal strategies for consumption, investment, housing and life insurance purchasing during to maximise the utility. In this paper, the prices of housing assets and investment risky assets are assumed to be correlated. These two breadwinners are considered to have dependent mortality rates to include the breaking heat effect. The method of copula functions is used to construct the joint survival functions of two breadwinners. The analytical solutions of optimal strategies can be achieved, and numerical results are demonstrated.


Thursday, February 9, 2023

Time: 18:00 - 18:45

Venue: Mathematisches Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Theresienstraße 39, 80333 München, Room B349

*For participation on Zoom, please contact Felix Liebrich ( Note that the talk takes place at LMU (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).

Speaker: Cosimo Munari  (Center for Finance and Insurance & Swiss Finance Institute, University of Zurich)

Title: Market-consistent pricing with acceptable risk

Abstract: We study the range of prices at which a rational agent should contemplate transacting a financial contract outside a given securities market. Trading is subject to nonproportional transaction costs and portfolio constraints and full replication by way of market instruments is not always possible. Rationality is defined in terms of consistency with market prices and acceptable risk thresholds. We obtain a direct and a dual description of market-consistent prices with acceptable risk. The dual characterization requires an appropriate extension of the classical Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing where the role of arbitrage opportunities is played by good deals, i.e., costless investment opportunities with acceptable risk-reward tradeoff. In particular, we highlight the importance of scalable good deals, i.e., investment opportunities that are good deals regardless of their volume. The talk is based on joint work with Maria Arduca (LUISS Rome).


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Time: 14:15 - 15:00

Speaker: Igor Prünster  (Bocconi University)

Title: Bayesian nonparametric models derived from completely random measures

Abstract: The Dirichlet process represents the cornerstone of Bayesian Nonparametrics and is used as main ingredient in a wide variety of models. The many generalizations of the Dirichlet proposed in the literature aim at overcoming some of its limitations and at increasing the models' flexibility. In this talk we provide an overview of a large set of such generalizations by using completely random measures as a unifying concept. All the considered models can be seen as suitable transformations of completely random measures and this allows to highlight interesting distributional structures they share a posteriori in several statistical problems ranging from density estimation and clustering to survival analysis and species sampling. Furthermore, we discuss some natural approaches, which rely on additive, hierarchical and nested structures, to derive dependent versions of Bayesian nonparametric models derived from completely random measures.


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