Risk Aggregation and Capital Allocation

Holistic principle for risk aggregation and capital allocation

Risk aggregation and capital allocation are of paramount importance in the business world, as they play critical roles in pricing, risk management, project financing, performance management, regulatory supervision, etc. The state-of-the-art practice often includes two steps: (i) determine standalone capital requirements for individual business lines and aggregate them at a corporate level; and (ii) allocate the total capital back to individual lines of business or at more granular levels. There are three pitfalls with such a practice, namely, lack of consistency, negligence of cost of capital, and disentanglement of allocated capitals from standalone capitals.

In this paper, we introduce a holistic principle that aims to strike a balance between competing interests for various stakeholders and conflicting priorities in a corporate hierarchy. In spite of the unconventional strategy, the new approach leads to the allocation of diversification benefits, which is common in many risk capital frameworks including regulatory capital and economic capital. The resulting “all-in-one” capital setting and allocation principle provides a remedy to problems with the existing two-step practice in the financial industry.

W.F. Chong, R. Feng, L. Jin (2020) Holistic principle for risk aggregation and capital allocation. Preprint. Download

Runhuan Feng
Runhuan Feng

PhD, FSA, CERA

Associate Professor

Director of Actuarial Science

H.P. Petit Professorial Scholar

State Farm Companies Foundation Scholar