Chapter 21 - Surrender Values Practice question

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  1. jack

    jack Made first post


    looking at practice question 21.3 part (iii) we are asked to describe the problems caused by a share increase in interest rates.

    We are told the earned asset share may fall as the market value of assets will fall?
    we are also told in the answer “ current premium rates me be lower”

    1) why does a rise in the interest rate cause a fall in the market value of assets. And hence why would this fall in the market value of assets cause the asset share to fall. We use AS(t+1) = AS(t) * (1+i) ….
    So I think I am confused here as I thought the increase in interest rates would actually increase the asset share.

    2) why would premium rates be lower now as a result of this interest rate rise ?

    thanks for your help
  2. Lynn Birchall

    Lynn Birchall ActEd Tutor Staff Member

    Hi Jack

    (1) Remember that in the asset share formula you mention, the i is not referring to interest rates. For the asset share accumulation i is investment returns - this includes gains/losses due to changes in market values of assets held.
    The assets backing these without-profit policies are likely fixed-interest bonds. So, the argument is along the lines that a sharp increase in interest rates suggests higher bond yields & so falls in bond values.

    (2) If we consider pricing by equating the present value of benefits/expenses with present value of premiums, then using a higher interest rate in discounting would result in a lower premium. Intuitively, if future premiums are assumed to earn a higher return when invested, then the premium needed to cover the benefits/expenses will be lower.

    Hope these help!

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