Some useful concepts in Actuarial Science

(including some funny expressions!)


The list below is based on my understanding of the subject. It is also a reflection of what I sometimes heard from my teachers. I am grateful to all of them!

Mathematics + Common Sense = Statistics

Statistics + Sharper Common Sense = Actuarial Science


Financial Mathematics

  • Security/Instrument: device that ties the issuer/ issuing party to a certain set of cash flows
  • Interest for debt is tax-deductible, dividend for equity/preference share is not.
  • Coupon = interest. Its rate is linked to face value
  • Bonds/debentures and equity/preference shares can be listed on an exchange
  • Index linked security: future cash flows linked to inflation index
  • Loan equated installments: any tenure, equal CFs throughout, interest decreases and capital repayment increases with passage of time
  • Accumulation, A(n), is inverse of Present value, V(n)
  • Actuarial risk is risk of not meeting an obligation when it falls due
  • Interest (i) is paid in arrears, discount(d) is collected in advance
  • Best deal is to borrow on simple interest and lend on compound interest ( at a rate not lower than simple interest rate)
  • Nominal interest= convertible interest = = interest payable p times per year
  • Accumulating factor= effective rate = compound rate = /p
  • Force of interest = interest payable continuously = ln (1+i) = instantaneous rate of interest
  • i > > ln(1+i) >  >
  • (1+effective rate) = (1+inflation rate) (1+real rate)
  • Immediate annuity payable in arrears/advance/continuously = sum of CFs discounted in arrears/advance/continuously
  • Classifications of annuities: 1) immediate or deferred 2) level or increasing or decreasing or customized 3) annual/monthly or, in general, pth ly 4) certain or contingent 5) in arrears or in advance or payable continuously
  • 1 year = 365.25 days = 52.18 weeks
  • Interest rates and bond prices are inversely related
  • APR= annual percentage return is slightly less than two times of Flat rate
  • Flat rate of interest: is simple rate of interest charged on the original amount borrowed for the entire repayment period whereas APR: rate of interest charged on reducing principal amount( reduced by the extent of capital repaid)
  • Payback period: length of time required to recover initial investment without considering interest. If interest is considered it is known as Discounted payback period. Both ignore cash flows after PP/DPP is reached.
  • IRR= internal rate of return from project = rate at which NPV of that project = 0. Generally, if IRR > WACC, project is acceptable
  • Cross over point = rate @ which NPV of 2 projects is equal
  • MWRR: yield earned on the fund over the period by taking into account cash flows and their timings
  • TWRR: also takes into account the growth factors of the CFs in addition to the requirements for MWRR, hence a better indicator of fund manager’s performance
  • Running yield = Coupon rate/ Price of Stock
  • If redemption value > cost price, there is Capital Gain. These can be offset against losses in same year
  • Real yield: yield after adjustment for inflation
  • Equity price inclusive of next dividend is cum dividend price and exclusive of dividend just paid/ immediately payable is Ex dividend
  • Arbitrage opportunity: opportunity to make a risk-free profit
  • Hedging: strategy to minimize future loss
  • Spot rate: rate currently prevailing in the market
  • Forward rate: rate expected to prevail at a future date
  • Factors affecting interest rates: demand, supply, base rates, inflation, money supply, tax rates, rates in other countries
  • Longer dated bonds are more sensitive to interest rate movements comparatively
  • Effective duration/volatility and duration/ DMT: measures for interest rate sensitivity, found out by differentiating PV equations w.r.t. discount rate. They provide measure of life of an investment.
  • Convexity: shows spread between times of payments, double derivative
  • Annual growth factors ~ lognormal distribution

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