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Daren Lockwood, FRM

Quantitative Development Group Leader
Chicago, IL, US

Tel: +1 312 7260677

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Professional Designations

  • GARP Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM)

Education

  • PhD, Chemical Physics, University of Texas Austin

Current Responsibility

Daren is the leader of the Quantitative Development Group within Milliman's Financial Risk Management Practice in Chicago. This group serves as a hub for R&D in the practice and focuses on capital markets modeling, market-consistent valuation of insurance company liabilities, and simulation analysis of risk management strategies.

Experience

Daren has overseen development of Milliman's MG-Hedge® valuation system, which has become the industry's standard tool for hedging market risk associated with a range of annuity and life products. He has developed market-consistent option valuation models for various equity-linked investment products, as well as embedded interest rate derivatives. These valuation models support trading functions within active hedge programs, and have also served as calculation engines for stochastic-on-stochastic financial projections of hedge strategy performance.

Prior to joining Milliman, Daren was a postdoctoral research scientist at Northwestern University, where he worked on design and development of large-scale stochastic simulations.

Recently, Daren has worked on a number of economic capital projects for major life insurance companies. His focus on these projects has been on economic scenario generation and development of "lite" models for liabilities, such as curve-fitting techniques. He has also been involved in development of seriatim asset valuation systems for clients, including modeling of bond portfolios and derivatives backing variable annuity guarantees.

Daren has also participated in multiple consulting projects concerning the review of hedge programs and scenario generators for life insurance companies. These reviews have involved hedge strategy analysis, approaches to multi-economy scenario generation, and stochastic equity volatility modeling.

Daren has served as the Life practice research director since January 2013.