Ohio National Selects Numerix Leading Hedge Insurance Solution to Risk Manage Variable Annuity Riders

New York - 15 December 2014

Ohio National Implements Sophisticated Risk Management platform for VA Business 

Ohio National Financial Services, a family of companies committed to helping individuals, groups and businesses meet their financial goals by providing the best value in insurance protection and wealth accumulation options, has adopted Numerix as its platform of choice for the economic risk management of its variable annuity (VA) rider products. Numerix has quickly become the leading provider of sophisticated analytics for the risk management of complex path dependent products, such as variable annuities.  The flagship insurance product, Numerix Leading Hedge, provides functionality for scenario generation, valuation and risk profiling enabling it to be used in applications including hedging, pricing, product design, enterprise risk management and actuarial valuation of VA obligations. 

“The Numerix platform plays a central role in elevating our risk management infrastructure and analytics.  We have realized significant advances in flexibility, expandability, reduced run-time and transparency with the adoption of Numerix Leading Hedge,” said Michael DeWeirdt, Senior Vice President, Financial Risk Management at Ohio National.

Numerix Leading Hedge: Flexibility for Tomorrow’s Risk Management Needs

“In leveraging the Numerix Leading Hedge Production system, Ohio National is not only able to advance the way that it approaches the hedging of its products but it has also acquired a powerful level of flexibility to create, analyze and test risk management enhancements and new product designs within the same framework that is used for day-to-day risk management,” said Steven R. O’Hanlon, Chief Executive Officer & President of Numerix. “With the Leading Hedge framework in place, Ohio National has acquired the ability to effectively risk manage future products, as well as its full range of legacy products.”

Calculation Speed & Performance

High performance was a critical consideration in the selection of Leading Hedge at Ohio National. The Numerix application is able to produce updated valuations and liability greeks for Ohio National’s entire block of VA liabilities multiple times during the trading day in an industry where overnight is the norm. Additionally, from the standpoint of flexibility, potential expansion needs and redundancy, it is a significant benefit that Numerix Leading Hedge is Microsoft Azure capable.

“Numerix has been on the forefront of cloud strategy within financial services for many years, enabling its analytics solutions to be consumed as an IAAS offering either adapting to a public cloud, like Microsoft Azure or to a private cloud via an institution’s corporate infrastructure. With the first mover advantage in this area, our clients, especially in the Insurance space have transformed the way their business is conducted. Insurers get the consistent valuation and analytical capabilities they need, not only for pricing and structuring variable annuity products, but also for measuring value-at-risk and other risk factors as well as for asset and liability management,” Steve O’Hanlon concludes. 

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