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For example, for an annuity of $100 per year, 20 years’ purchase implies a current price of $100 × 20 = $2,000. From the third-century Roman jurist Domitius Ulpianus (Ulpian), we have a table of life annuities that apparently recognizes that the value of the annuity should decrease with the age of the annuitant (although there may have been an intentional upward bias to protect the estate of the firstborn). In one of his tables, he quotes that at age 20, a life annuity is valued at 30 years’ purchase, while if one were 60, a life annuity is valued at 7 years’ purchase.
1693 Edmond Halley, “An Estimate of the Degrees of the Mortality of Mankind, Drawn from Curious Tables of the Births and Funerals in the City of Breslaw; with an Attempt to Ascertain the Price of Annuities upon Lives,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 17 (1693), pp. 596–610. 1725 Abraham de Moivre (May 26, 1667–November 27, 1754), A Treatise of Annuities on Lives; reprinted as an addition to de Moivre’s third edition (“Fuller, Clearer, and More Correct than the Former”) of The Doctrine of Chances (1756); reprinted by the American Mathematical Society (2000), pp.
Qxd 1/12/06 The Ancient Period: Pre-1950 1:40 PM Page 27 27 payoffs X or 0 would be worth X/2 would not generally be true if that gamble were traded in a market that did not also include its inverse gamble with payoffs 0 or X in the corresponding states. When both exist in the same quantity in the same market (as Huygens seems to assume), since their individual risks can be completely diversified away, they should be priced at their expected payoffs. But if only one were available and not also its inverse, since the risk could not be eliminated by diversification, its price could be more or less than its expected value depending on the correlation of its payoffs with other available investments, the correlation with other factors of importance to the players, and their risk aversion.