Spring 2022 - STAT 490 D200

Selected Topics in Probability and Statistics (3)

Actuarial Risk Management

Class Number: 7157

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5046, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 5019, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Dependent on the topic covered.



Topics in areas of probability and statistics not covered in the regular undergraduate curriculum of the department.


This course is cross-listed with ACMA 832.

This course focuses on concepts and tools related to risk management in the context of actuarial work. It covers the following topics:

  • Economic perspectives on risk and insurance: utility theory, stochastic dominance and preference ordering, diversification and risk sharing.
  • Risk measures: premium principles, coherence, convexity, distortion risk measures and risk transforms.
  • Extreme value theory.
  • Multivariate risk models: MVN distribution, elliptical distributions, copulas and dependence.
  • Risk management in practice: static and dynamic hedging of economic risks, insurance products with embedded options, risk-based capital in insurance (Solvency II, LICAT), Monte Carlo simulation.


  • Assignments 30%
  • Project and Presentations 40%
  • Exam 30%


All above grading is subject to change.



Readings and references will be provided throughout the semester.


Eeckhoudt, L., Gollier, C., Schlesinger, H. (2005). Economic and Financial Decisions under Risk. Princeton.

McNeil, A.J., Frey, R., Embrechts, P. (2015). Quantitative Risk Management. Princeton.

Denuit, M., Dhaene, J., Goovaerts, M. and Kaas, R. (2005). Actuarial Theory for Dependent Risks: Measures, Orders and Models. Wiley.
Available online for free through the SFU Library

Hardy, M. (2003). Investment Guarantees: Modeling and Risk Management for Equity- Linked Life Insurance. Wiley.
Available online for free through the SFU Library

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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