Recently, optimal reinsurance and investment problems for insurers have attracted increasing attention from academics and industries. By purchasing reinsurance and investing in the financial market, insurance companies reduce their exposure risk and gain profits from investment. There are many literatures in this field. Browne  considered a diffusion risk model and found the closed-form of optimal investment strategies for exponential utility maximization of terminal wealth. Yang and Zhang  studied the same investment problem for an insurer under the assumption that the risk process is compound Possion process. In Wang et al.  , closed-form strategies were obtained for an insurer under the mean-variance criterion as well as the expected constant absolute risk aversion (CARA) utility maximization through the martingale approach. Zhao and Rong  focused on the constant elasticity variance (CEV) model in portfolio selection problem of utility maximization. Liang and Young  considered the per-loss optimal reinsurance and derived the optimal investment and reinsurance strategy with the criteria that minimization the ruin porbablity. Bai and Guo  considered an optimal proportional reinsurance and investment problem with multiple risky assets, and showed that the optimal strategies are equivalent for maximizing the expected exponential utility and minimizing the probability of ruin in some special cases. In addition, some scholars have recently studied the optimal investment and reinsurance strategies for insurers under the mean-variance criterion proposed by Markowitz  , see, for example, Li et al.  studied an optimal investment problem for the DC plan with default risk under the CEV model in a mean-variance framework and derived the explicit expressions of the equilibrium investment strategy by solving extended Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation in the post-default and the pre-default cases. Wang et al.  studied a mean-variance problem under the time-consistent condition, and obtained investment-reinsurance equilibrium strategy and the corresponding efficient frontier in explicit form using two systems of backward stochastic differential equations (BSDEs).
Generally, the above mentioned researches assume that investors are rational and risk averse. However, rationality hypothesis cannot be suit due to the investors’ psychological effects. Based on the experiment and relative results, Kahneman and Tversky  for the first time studies the decision-making behavior of investors from the perspective of cognitive psychology, proposed the concept of loss aversion, and put forward the prospect theory, which was a milestone in the history of behavioral finance. Loss aversion can be expressed by the S-shaped utility function which is concave for gains and convex for losses, and steeper for losses than for gains. Afterwards, many scholars, based on loss aversion in prospect theory, introduced it into portfolio theory to analyze portfolio selection problems, and more and more literature study the implications of loss aversion.
After Kahneman and Tversky  , Cox and Huang  considered a consumption-portfolio problem in continuous time under uncertainty, and they proposed the martingale approach to solve the optimal consumption-portfolio problem for hyperbolic absolute risk aversion utility functions when the asset prices follow a geometric Brownian motion. Berkelaar  derived closed-form solutions for the optimal portfolio choice under loss aversion by considering a specific two-piece power utility function in a continuous-time complete market setting. Guo  investigated an optimal portfolio selection problem for the insurer and used the lévy process to describe the insurer’s surplus process. Song et al.  investigated the optimal portfolio and consumption problem with the downside consumption constraints under loss aversion in an infinite horizon. Curatola  investigated a consumption-investment problem for loss-averse investors, and in the s-shaped utility function, the reference level was relative to the consumption and changed over time. Guan and Liang  derived the optimal investment strategies for DC pension plan under loss aversion and Value-at-Risk (VaR) constraints, of which the sensitivity analysis showed that the loss aversion pension manager has a complex behavior and may invest more or less on the risk assets based on the reference point. Chen et al.  further studied the same investment problem for DC pension under loss aversion, which paid close attention to inflation and longevity risk and constructed a minimum performance constraint to guarantee the elementary needs of the member after retirement. Based on the Chen et al.  , Dong and Zheng  added the short-selling constraints to the DC plan, then the market become incomplete and the martingale method was not applicable, so they used dual control method and HJB equation to solve the problem and derive the explicit expressions of the optimal wealth process and optimal strategies. Du et al.  considered a one-period two-echelon supply chain composed of a loss-averse supplier with yield randomness and a loss-averse retailer with demand uncertainty. They derived the optimal ordering policy of the loss-averse retailer and the optimal production policy of the loss-averse supplier under these conditions, discussed the effect of loss aversion on both parties’ decision making, and showed how loss aversion contributes to decision bias.
To the best of our knowledge, there is few work incorporating loss aversion into the optimal reinsurance and investment problem. This paper adopts the S-shaped utility function to describe the insurer preference, and the insurer is allowed to invest in a risk-free asset and a risky asset. Moreover, the insurer can purchase excess-of-loss reinsurance, which is more practical in reality. Typically, three types of risk models are commonly considered in reinsurance and investment problems, the Cramér-Lundberg model (see Zeng et al.  , et al.), the diffusion risk model (Chen and Li  , et al.) and the jump-diffusion risk model (Gu et al.  , Zeng et al.  , et al.). In this paper we adopt the classical C-L model, and define a complete financial market. By using martingale approach and the Lagrange duality method, the closed-form solutions of the optimal investment strategy and the optimal wealth process are given. The legitimacy of the martingale approach follows from the completeness of the market model, which is a key assumption for the derivation of explicit optimal solutions by the martingale approach.
This paper is related to Guo  , who studied the optimal investment strategies for an insurer with loss aversion. Although we employ similar martingale approach as Guo  , this paper is different from theirs at least in two aspects. Firstly, we extend their models by considering a reinsurance market and allowing the insurer to purchase excess-of-loss reinsurance, which leads our model to be more complicated than theirs. So we define a function, which is similar to pricing kernel, and construct a martingale process to solve the problem. Secondly, we analyze the properties of the optimal strategy and present numerical examples to illustrate our results.
The main contribution of this paper is as follows: 1) the optimal reinsurance and investment strategy with loss aversion is studied and the closed-form expression of the optimal strategy is derived; 2) we define a quasi-pricing kernel and construct a martingale process to solve the problem. We find that the optimal terminal wealth is piecewise function. In good states of market, the optimal wealths is of the same form with the smooth CRRA utility function case, on the contrary the optimal wealth approaches 0 in bad states of market. Similarly, the optimal investment and reinsurance strategy are also divided into two cases respectively. When the market deteriorates, the insurer will stop investing in the risky asset and purchasing reinvestment strategy.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows: The financial market and insurance model are described in Section 2. In Section 3, we establish the optimal reinsurance-investment problem, and the optimal strategy is derived by using Lagrangian duality and martingale method. Section 4 presents numerical illustrations to demonstrate our results. Section 5 concludes the paper and provides further discussion.
2. Model Formulation
We impose the following standard assumptions: the insurer can trade in the financial market and in the insurance market continuously over time, no transaction costs or taxes are involved in trading. Let be a filtered, complete probability space satisfying the usual conditions, in which is a finite time horizon. All stochastic processes introduced below are assumed to be adapted processes in this space.
2.1. Surplus Process
Assume that an insurer’s basic surplus process is described by the classical Cramér-Lundberg (C-L) model: without reinsurance and investment, the insurer’s surplus U is given by:
where is the initial surplus, is the premium rate, is a homogeneous Poisson process with intensity , represents the size of the ith claim and the claim sizes are assumed to be independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.), non-negative random variables with common distribution F having finite first-order moment , second-order moment
, and . Consequently, is a compound Poisson
process representing the cumulative amount of claims in time interval .
According to Gu et al.  and Li et al.  , we introduce a Poisson random
measure defined on , therefore of discrete
time can be converted into continuous time. represents the number of insurance claims of size within the time period , and stands for the claim at time . We assume that the premium rate c is calculated according to the expected value principle, i.e., , and we denote the , i.e.,
where is the insurer’s relative safety loading, is a lévy measure such that , represents the expected number of insurance claims of size within a unit time interval, and denotes the compensated measure of by . Putting it all together, the insurer’s surplus U without reinsurance is governed by
In this paper, the insurer can purchase a reinsurance strategy with retained claim , with the only restriction when the claim equals at time . Note that the reinsurer covers the excess loss . We will look for a reinsurance strategy given in feedback form by , in which we slightly abuse notation by using l on both sides of this equation.
Here, we assume that reinsurance is not inexpensive, i.e., the safety loading of the reinsurer is greater than the safety loading of the insurer . Assuming we use the expected value principle again for the reinsurer, the reinsurance premium rate calculates as
Under the retention , the dynamics of the surplus process is governed by
Remark 2.1. According to the expected value principle, , therefore .
2.2. Wealth Process
Assume that the financial market consists of one risk-free asset and one risky asset. The price process of the risk-free asset price solves
in which we assume the risk-free interest rate is constant, and the price process of the risky asset is described by the geometric Brownian motion with dynamics
in which , , and is a standard Brownian motion, independent of the .
Therefore, the market price of risk process can be defined by
and is bounded.
During the time horizon , the insurer is allowed to dynamically purchase excess-of-loss reinsurance and invest in the financial market. Let be the total amount of money invested in the risky asset at time t. An rein-surance-investment strategy is described by , and the amount invested in the risk-free asset is , where is the wealth process associated with the strategy. Then is a solution to the following stochastic differential equation (SDE):
2.3. Loss Aversion
Kahneman and Tversky  (1979) conducted experiments to observe how people make decisions under uncertainty and proposed an alternative framework, which is known as prospect theory. The experiments demonstrated that the negative feeling associated with a loss is typically larger than the pleasure associated with an equivalent gain, therefore the majority of investors are loss-averse who were more sensitive to losses than to gains. At the same time, the experiments also demonstrated that most investors are risk-averse towards gains, but they will change to be risk-seeking when they have to make a decision about potential losses.
Based on the experiments and relative results, Kahneman and Tversky proposed a utility function, which is defined over gains and losses relative to the reference point as follows:
and are required to ensure that is an increasing function, holds for loss aversion, and are the curvature parameters for gains and losses, and , for the convex-concave shape (Figure 1).
Figure 1. S-shaped utility function.
3. Optimal Strategy
Definition 3.1. A strategy is called admissible if it satisfies the following conditions:
1) is -progressively measurable;
2) , , and ;
3) For all , the stochastic differential Equation (2) has a unique solution.
Note that is the admissible strategy and is the admissible space. Following utility maximization criterion, the problem of choosing an optimal portfolio can be formulated as follows:
In order to facilitate the solution of this problem, markets are assumed to be complete, which implies the existence unique state pricing kernel. Since the S-shaped utility is convex-concave, the stochastic optimal control approach can not be feasible. In this case, martingale approach proposed by Cox and Huang  becomes the important means in applying S-shaped utility. Moreover, due to the consideration of excess-of-loss reinsurance, the problem is more complicated. In order to get the optimal strategy, we define a quasi-pricing kernel
and construct a martingale process, see Proposition 3.1.
Proposition 3.1. If is defined by (5) for , is a martingale.
Proof. Consider a lévy-type stochastic integral of the form
Itô formula for lévy-type stochastic integrals can be written as
for each , , .
For more information about Lévy processes, please see the Lévy Process and Stochastic Calculus  .
Using the Itô formula for lévy-type stochastic integrals, we find that
Therefore, is a martingale. □
Now, the dynamic maximization problem (4) can be converted into the following equivalent static optimization problem with constraint:
Theorem 3.1. The optimal terminal wealth for the loss-averse member in the dynamic problem (4) is
where satisfies with
is a Lagrange multiplier, satisfies
Proof. First we define the Lagrangian function of problem (9) as follows:
where y is the Lagrangian multiplier. According to lagrange dual theory, we can get the solution of the optimal with fixed parameter y, and then figure out the optimal parameters . When KKT condition is satisfied, the optimal solution of the original problem and the dual problem is equal.
Hence, the equivalent problem of the original problem (9) can be written as:
When we find the optimal with fixed parameter y, we can only focus on the part of in (11) and ignore irrelevant items that only influence the values of the Lagrangian multiplier. In this case, the problem (12) turns into the following problem:
Denote , and . If , the utility function is concave and we denote another Lagrangian function where is Lagrange multiplier. The maximum satisfies the KKT conditions:
Solving constraint (14), we obtain
If , the is convex, and the Weirestrass theorem implies that maximum must lie on the boundaries or .
In order to know whether or is the global maximum, we denote
if , then , otherwise .
Comparing with , we find
so is never the optimal level of wealth.
Comparing with , we find
when , , so . Moreover, , , hence has an unique root in the interval which we denote the root of by .
Summarizing the above analysis, we obtain
Hence the global optimizer of problem (13) can be written as
So far, we have got the optimal with fixed y, and next we will begin to figure out the optimal to solve the problem
According to KKT condition as follows:
When , we can get the equation
so the optimal satisfies
Substituting into , we get the optimal as follows:
Let represent another possible optimal solution satisfying the static budget equation,
According to constraint (9) and (15), the first inequality follows from the fact that the static budget equation holds with equality for and with inequality for , that is,
The second inequality holds because is the optimal solution for problem (13). As such is the optimal solution of the static problem. □
From the Proposition 3.1, we find that the optimal terminal wealth for the
loss-averse insurer is discontinuous and achieves either or 0.
means the breakpoint of the economic states. stands for a good economic states, at this time the insurer gains from participating in the financial
market, . As economic conditions deteriorate, the terminal
wealth drops to 0. When , due to the is no less than 0, the utility function (3) degenerates to the CRRA types , in this case,
and the optimal terminal wealth equals to . Similar
results can be seen from Guan and Liang  and Chen et al.  .
Remark 3.1. When , substituting (16) into , we obtain
Next Lemma 3.1 and Lemma 3.2 will compute it.
If is martingale, s.t.
and Proposition 3.1 shows that is a martingale, therefore
When , substituting in Equation (17) into , (18) can be rewritten as
When , , the can be rewritten as
Lemma 3.1. Duing to the martingale property and the conditional Fubini theorem, we obtain
Proof. can be written as
where is defined by
using the Itô formula for lévy-type stochastic integrals, we find that
therefore is a martingale, and we obtain
Similarly, we have
Using the conditional Fubini theorem, the order of integral and expectation can be exchanged, so we obtain
Proof. We substitute into the , then we
Using the Itô formula for lévy-type stochastic integrals, we know that
is not a martingale, so we introduce an exponential martingale
and the differential form of as follows:
so can be written as
Theorem 3.2. 1) When , the optimal portfolio and are
The optimal wealth at time t is given by
2) When , the optimal portfolio and are given, respectively, by
The optimal wealth at time t is given by
Proof. 1) According to Lemma 3.1 and Lemma 3.2 in the case of , in the (19) can be written as
so the optimal wealth at time t is given by
Taking differential on both sides of (29)
Note that the coefficient of in (29) can be replaced by
According to (7) (24) and (30) ,
We are only interested in diffusion part, so Comparing (31) with (8), we obtain
2) Similarly, when , the in the (20) can be written as
so the optimal wealth at time t is given by
Taking differential on both sides of Equation (32)
and comparing it with (8), we obtain
Remark 3.2. If we put the (26) into equation (25), we find that
As the insurance has more initial wealth, as measured by , the and also increase linearly. If the appreciation rate of risky asset increases, the amount invested in the risky asset obviously increases. Furthermore, as the insurance market becomes more volatile, as measured by , the amount invested in the risky asset decreases nonlinearly. Also, it makes sense that and have no effect on the excess-of-loss reinsurance.
Remark 3.3. Theorem 3.2 shows that, and in the case of . That is to say, when the market deteriorate, the insurer will stop investing in the risky asset and purchasing reinvestment strategy.
Remark 3.4. Optimal in the Equation (16) can be rewritten as
Therefore, the optimal terminal wealth in Theorem 3.1 can be rewritten as
4. Numerical Illustration
In this section, we present several numerical examples to illustrate our results in the previous section. Thus throughout this section, unless otherwise stated, the values parameters are taken as:
In addition, we assume that the claim size follows the exponential
distribution and the claim size density function is , hence
and acording to the remark 2.1, . Subsequently, we analyze the effects of parameters on the optimal terminal wealth and the strategy. For convenience but without loss of generality, we focus on the case at time .
In this paper, Proposition 3.1 and Figure 2 show that the optimal terminal wealth with S-shaped utility lies above the reference point , which is similar to the smooth CRRA utility in good states of the market with low quasi-pricing kernel , while the wealth under loss aversion drops to 0 gradually with high quasi-pricing kernel in very bad states. In particular, in Figure 2 stands for the breakpoint of good states and bad states.
Note that the breakpoint is of importance in Theorem 3.1 and Theorem 3.2, and hence we next discuss the sensitivity of the strategy with . We know
Figure 2. Optimal terminal wealth with loss aversion.
is the optimal lagrange multiplier and is the root of . There is a negative relationship between and .
Figure 3 shows the effects of the insurer’s initial wealth on the breakpoint and the optimal terminal wealth . Since , from the expression of , a larger leads to a decrease of the lagrange multiplier. Then we find from the Figure 3(a) that increases with , which means an expansion of the insurance region. Figure 3(b) shows the optimal terminal wealth is an increasing function of , which is the same as shown in the Theorem 3.1 and the expression in (34).
Figure 4 illustrates the effect of interest rate r on the optimal portfolio weight in risky asset. We find that the optimal investment weight in risky asset is a decreasing function of r, which is reasonable for the insurer to decrease the weight invested in the risky asset as the risk-free asset becomes more attractive.
Figure 3. Effects of on and .
Figure 4. Effect of r on the investment weight.
Moreover, Figure 4 also shows the optimal investment weight in risky asset is increasing function of the T, which agrees with the popular advice, in other words, to invest less in risky asset as one gets older and as the terminal time approaches.
Figure 5 and Figure 6 describe the effects of parameters and of the S-shaped utility function on the breakpoint and the optimal terminal wealth . As is shown in Figure 5(a), when is smaller, , the root the function is larger. With increasing, decreases and the insurance region will be shortcut. On the contrary, when is small, the zero is small, and increases along with the . The effects of parameters and are opposite. The reason is that investors are risk-averse towards gains while they are risk-seeking towards losses.
From Figure 7, we find that exerts positive effect on and a
negative effect on the optimal investment weight . We know the coefficient of relative risk aversion of the utility equals , which
means that stands for the coefficient of relative risk aversion. In other words, decreases with the increasing of , and the insurer becomes more gain-aversion. Therefore, increasing leads to a increase in the optimal
Figure 5. Effects of on and .
Figure 6. Effects of on and .
Figure 7. Effects of and T on and portfolio weight.
terminal wealth , a decrease in the breakpoint , as is shown in Figure 7(a), and a increase in the proportion of wealth invested in the risky asset, as shown in Figure 7(b). Similarly, Figure 7(b) also shows the initial portfolio weight of risky asset is increasing function of the T.
In this paper, we consider the optimal investment and reinsurance strategy for insurer with loss aversion. The insurer aims to maximize the expected utility of terminal wealth and the wealth is allowed to invest in a risk-free asset and a risky asset. Furthermore, the insurer can purchase excess-of-loss reinsurance. Since the S-shaped utility is convex-concave, the stochastic programming method is not suitable, and we obtain a close-form solution for the optimal strategy by using martingale method. We find that the optimal terminal wealth is piecewise function. In good states of market, the optimal wealths is of the same form with the smooth CRRA utility function case, on the contrary the optimal wealth approaches 0 in bad states of market. Similarly, the optimal investment and reinsurance strategy are also divided into two cases respectively. When the market deteriorate, the insurer will stop investing in the risky asset and purchasing reinvestment strategy. Finally, we present some numerical examples to show the effects of model parameters on the optimal terminal wealth and the optimal strategy.
Based on our current work, various directions may be followed in the future research. 1) the price process of the risky asset now is described by the GBM, further we can add the diffusion term to model, or try to use CEV model or Heston model; 2) notice that the interest rate used in this paper is a fixed constant, so we can introduce the stochastic interest rate process, such as Vasicek model or Ornstein-Uhlenbeck model; 3) derivatives, such as option, can be added to the paper and purchased by the insurer, thus we can research the effect of derivatives on investment strategies and control risks; 4) the reference point in the S-shape utility function can be dynamics by introducing inflation, which will change with time and correlate with inflation factors. All the future research directions will make the problem more comprehensive and complex, but also more relevant to reality in insurers daily business.
The authors are very grateful to the referees for helpful comments and suggestion. This research was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11771329, 11871052, 11301376).
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