European Actuarial Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 69–95 | Cite as

The optimal asset and liability portfolio for a financial institution with multiple lines of businesses

  • Yaniv Zaks
Original Research Paper


In this paper we present an optimization framework to deal with the asset-liability portfolio selection problem. We consider a financial institution that has multiple lines of business. The capital allocation is obtained by minimizing the sum of the expected squared differences between the liability in each line of business and the value of the corresponding investment portfolio. We show that in certain circumstances the bottom-up approach is consistent with the top–down approach, where the optimal capital is determined for the whole portfolio rather than its individual components. Such a case happens for example if the same weight function is used for all lines of business in the two approaches. Finally, we obtain investment portfolios under some limitations on short sales.


Portfolio selection Asset-Liability Management Capital allocation Optimization Short sale Solvency 



The author thanks Andreas Tsanakas for his helpful comments and suggestions during the research. The author gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Actuarial Profession in Britain (research grant “Optimal premium and capital allocation in non-life insurance”). Finally, the author thanks the anonymous referees for their important remarks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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