This is a co-branded KSS/Heriot-Watt University event. Equity release mortgages (ERMs), also called lifetime mortgages, have played an increasing role in generating income for retired home-owners. As new liquidity rules have reduced the supply of bank lending, so insurers have stepped in, encouraged by generous regulatory treatment for annuity writers. Some methods for valuing ERMs have proved controversial, particularly in relation to assumptions for future growth in house prices which determine whether the lender is able to recover the mortgage balance on the borrower's death. As the volume of these assets grows on insurance balance sheets, there are concerns that insurers' reliance on continued house price growth could make the industry less resilient to the next house market downturn. The accompanying paper to the talk is available to download.
Andrew Smith, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin
Talk 1.15 - 2.15pm
Room CM S.01
(Second floor, Colin Maclaurin Building, building 22 on the campus map.)
Campus maps can be found at
Nearest Public Transport