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Understanding Insurance Industry Cyclicality


Term:

Fall

Department:

15: Management

Faculty Supervisor:

Andrew W. Lo

Faculty email:

alo-admin@mit.edu

Apply by:

10/15/2020

Contact:

Jayna Cummings: jcummin@mit.edu

Project Description

The availability of insurance is known to fluctuate periodically over time depending on hard or soft markets. As the part of this project, we aim to analyze this cyclic nature of the insurance industry and identify the reasons behind it. Research support will involve reading historical balance sheets (annual reports) of companies, collecting data from the balance sheets, and then performing analysis using spectral techniques.

Pre-requisites

Coding experience in Python and/or Matlab; knowledge of signal processing (FFT) and/or familiarity with company balance sheets and income statements a plus.