Pension Plan Embedded Option Valuation

The Society of Actuaries’ Pension Section is pleased to make available a research report focusing on the structure and process of embedded option valuation. The report was authored by Kailan Shang, Jen-Chieh Huang, and Hua Su.


Pension Plan Embedded Option Valuation
Pension Plan Embedded Option Valuation

*See Appendix G of the report for instructions for the model set-up.


If you have any questions or comments regarding the report, please contact Steve Siegel, Research Actuary at

Thank You

The SOA’s Pension Section would like to thank the following individuals for their input on the project:

Kevin Binder, Chair
Susan Lee
Tom Lowman
Greg Schlappich
Frank Todisco
Aaron Weindling
Andrew Peterson, SOA Staff Fellow
Steven Siegel, SOA Research Actuary
Barbara Scott, SOA Research Administrator

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