The paper concerns the situation in which an evaluation of outstanding claims is discounted, in anticipation of investment return earned by the funds supporting that liability. Factors bearing upon the choice of an appropriate rate of return to be assumed in this evaluation are considered.
Data have been generously supplied by the Faculty of Actuaries Withdrawals Research Group. These data cover the lapse or withdrawal experience for the calendar year 1976 of seven Scottish life offices. An extensive analysis has been published by the Research Group although, for reasons we shall discuss later, we believe that the approach outlined here is better able to describe the structure of the data than the detailed (and somewhat pedestrian) tabulations of this earlier paper.