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Questions tagged [risk-management]

The identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks, followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities.

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How frequently is local volatility calibrated to implied vol surface, in practice?

This has two related questions - How frequently do equity derivative traders re-mark the implied volatility surface - (i) once a day (e.g. at start of trading day, or end-of-day), or (ii) ...
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CVaR formulation

I am a research intern and I am working on a topic about a profit maximization of a risk-averse newsvendor by using Conditional Value-at-Risk.The problem is that I found different expressions of CVaR. ...
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What's Hedge Curve Template

what's a Hedge Curve Template (HCT)? How does it help value a bond? It appears to me it normally is used together with another curve where x,y-axis being maturity dates and discount factors ...
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From risk limits to pnl projection?

As a fresh risk manager, today I got an assignment to check whether our risk measurements / limits are setup properly (whether the limits are so tight that affect our p&l) . Better if I can ...
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How to add Risks-Not-In-VaR (RNIV) to VaR under Basel III

I am trying to generate/prove the magnitude of the over-conservativeness of the regulatory VaR (internal models) under Basel III against what a more accurate VaR would be. However, I can't seem to ...
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Portfolio - Default Probability

Suppose we want to identify the frequency of default on a portfolio with a 1000 loans. In the independence case, each firm’s default process follows a Bernoulli distribution with parameter $p = 0.01$. ...
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How can I manually calculate the VAR of a call and put portfolio?

How would I solve the following question? Im unsure how to estimate the stock price using MCS.
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Averaging Correlation Matrices based on different Periodicity

Averaging correlation matrices based on different models, but the same data, is commonly done. If the correlation matrices are derived from return series, is it proper/common to also average the ...
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Regression model: short vs long history

There is a dilemma between choosing short history (1-2 years) and long history (5-10 years) for a regression model. Are there any resources that offer some findings on pros and cons of these two? From ...
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Why do some exchanges require clearing participants to post margins for cash products?

As the title reads, why do some exchanges require participants to post margins for cash products? I do understand why they require margins to be posted for futures, but why for cash products like ...
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Philosophy of Financial Risk [closed]

Do you think that there exists a framework on that you can build risk measures? What are the necessary and desirable properties of a risk measure? (necessary means compulsory and desirable means more ...
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Risk Measure-identication

Let X be a variable with existing moment generating function $M_x(z)=E[e^{zX}]$. Define the following risk measure: $\rho_{\alpha}(X)=inf_{z>0}(z^{-1}ln(\frac{M_x(z)}{1-\alpha}))$ Does anyone know ...
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Scenario Analysis - Real life application

Given a portfolio consists of Stock = usd 40, Bond = usd 40, commodity =usd 20. Also given the correlation between these assets. Scenario 1 : stock down by 30% When performing scenario analysis, do ...
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Portfolio volatility - Real life application

Given that a portfolio consists of Stock=USD 30, High-yield bonds(duration=5 years,spread duration=5 years) =USD 40 , Commodity = USD 30.
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how to simplify Inflation year-on-year option to Zero-coupon option

Belgrade 2004 paper basically proposes that inflation year-on-year volatilities (and hence yoy options) are basically the spread vols between the Zero-coupon vols from (t0 to T) minus the zero-coupon ...
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Verifying two properties of the Clayton Copula

So I'm trying to verify the first two properties of a copula for the Clayton model. The first two properties being: $C(u_1,…,u_d)$ is non-decreasing in each component, $u_i$ The $i^{th}$ marginal ...
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Value-at-Risk theory papers

I am looking for some papers related to the value-at-risk theory. I would like to focus on mathematical aspects of VaR. I would like to read something about modern approaches to VaR (maybe using ...
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How does one make money from CVA (Credit Valuation Adjustment)?

I am new to Quantitative Finance but have been doing a lot of reading on Counterparty Credit Risk. I understand the definition of CVA being: "the difference between the risk-free portfolio value ...
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Example of Coherent Risk measure with Compact Representation

Every coherent risk measure $\rho$ can be represented as $$ \rho(X)\triangleq \sup_{Q \in \mathcal{Q}} \mathbb{E}\left[ -X \right], $$ for a set of probability measures $\mathcal{Q}$ defined on the ...
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How to check if a portfolio has momentum bias

I am wondering what methodology exists to check if a fund/portfolio is having momentum bias or chasing the past performance, assuming you have their full returns and full portfolio holdings for past ...
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Risk mapping a zero-coupon bond portfolio

I'm trying to understand example 2.6 taken from McNeil and Embrechts "Quantitative Risk Management". The example consists of obtaining the risk mapping of a portfolio of $d$ zero-coupon bonds. The ...
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Co-variance of Portfolio A with Portfolio B

I'm trying to calculate the correlation between two separate portfolios. I've used A*COV(AB)*B to calculate the co-variance of each portfolio where: A = Array ...
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How to test the linearity assumption of a model?

Let's say I want to have a model that projects income over a stressed period. I have a marked-to-market component that shows the P&L of trading book positions during this stressed period. Along ...
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Retail Algorithmic Trading

Is it possible for the retail algo traders to take the same approach to risk management as the larger quant funds? is there a risk management budget imposed on the trader beyond that which they impose ...
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Kelly criterion for normally distributed returns

If the returns of my strategy are distributed like 𝒩[μ,σ], what is the optimal fraction of capital to invest in each single trade, as a function μ and σ? Help! PS. I know that normally distributed ...
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Full Revaluation vs Factor-based Model for risk management

I am looking for literature on comparison of these two approaches. It looks like many places are using some type of Factor-based Model (Barra, Axioma, Northfield, etc.) for risk management purposes. ...
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How to determine the optimal start capital for a strategy?

Suppose my strategy generates a stream of daily profits distributed like 𝒩[μ=1€, σ=10€]. Intuitively, if I trade with 10€ start capital: I could very well be ruined on the first day, if the first ...
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Reference: Journal on Risk Measures

I'm wondering, where can I find a list of the journals which specialize (partly) in publishing risk-measure related topics? If no such standard list exists, what are some top and mid-tier journals ...
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Which market developments are we likely to see within the next years?

I am working on an analysis to estimate financial risks, especially for pension funds. More specifically, I am trying to define some stress scenarios which could have an affect on the solvency of a ...
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Construct a butterfly interest rate portfolio to eliminate PCA exposures

I have data from 2012 to 2016 for interest rates whose term range from 2 month to 30 years, a total of 10 Principal components can be calculated. Then I want to construct a portfolio, $$WFLY = w_1 *5Y ...
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GARCH(1,1) and Value at Risk: Rolling window or non-overlapping samples

Currently studying on financial risk management. I want to test different methods of VaR estimation. I want to model volatility using a GARCH(1,1) model. My question is what should the size of the ...
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Position Sizing Algorithm for Multi Asset Portfolio

I'm currently working on a position sizing algorithm for my trading system. By combining fixed ratio money management and setting the stop loss based on the current ATR value I receive reasonable ...
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When estimating P/L through greeks based on zero rate curves, does it contain time (theta) PNL?

Suppose on day 1 we calculate a delta wrt. a point on an interest curve of zero rates, we then let 1 day pass, recalculate the interest curve of zero rates with the same bonds (though now day 20 bond ...
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Hull White help needed

I've been trying to calibrate Hull-White 1 Factor & 2 Factor model using Caps but I've some major doubts about my methodology, and would really appreciate some help. I am using these formulas ...
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How is internal risk transfer different than moving from banking book to trading book?

Reading the FRTB paper, I'm not clear on what an internal risk transfer is. To me, it sounds like moving an asset from the banking book to the trading book or vice versa.
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Risk management tools for long term Gamma/Vega sellers subject to margin calls

TL;DR: if you're a retail investor and you systematically sell long-term vertical spreads while staying Delta-neutral, your main risk comes from Vega and the Gamma of opening gaps that can throw you ...
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How to calculate the multi-asset class portfolio vega?

I am viewing a risk report of a hedge fund and the portfolio vega seems to be a plain summation of the vegas of the different asset classes the fund invests in (i.e. Equity, Credit etc) As far as I ...
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Klein and Chow Orthogonal Transformation - Lowdin Orthogonalization

I've doing research on the orthogonal transformation in Orthogonalized Equity Risk Premia and Systematic Risk Decomposition They borrow a mathematical technique called symmetric orthogonalization ...
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Pricing default risk in cryptos

I'm looking to figure out how to price "insurance" against a counter-party defaulting in an OTC cryptocurrency transaction. I think the first measure would be to calculate VaR? I'm planning on ...
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Statistical methods to compare two financial series data

I have two financial series data, x and x', where x' was formed form ...
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Risk attribution model without weights data

I was just wondering if there are risk attribution model that does not require the asset weights data. It appears that most risk attribution models do require asset weight data. I am looking for model ...
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Calculating daily underlying move from options volatility?

My broker has provided a risk report that shows our options book shocked at various standard deviation moves of the underlying. Their report has the future at $66.64, ATM Vol at 23.74% with 2 days ...
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Constrained Optimization for performance attribution

I am trying to perform constrained opmitization for portfolio performance attribution analysis. Specifically, I am trying to determine the impact of sectors performance on the S&P 500 index. Min ...
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Backtest Portfolio Analysis

I actually finished an algorithm that i can use to extract all the trades for each stock (each file for each stock). Essentially, i run this code on Excel where there are the input about one stock, ...
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How to compute the portfolio risk when weights are negative?

In QMiF (p. 239) , the variance of a portfolio is defined as: V(R) = w'Vw = w'DCDw = x'Cx Does this formula hold if the weights are negative (i.e., short)? For example, if I have a 5x5 covariance ...
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Absorption ratio by Mark Kritzman

In Principal Components as a measure of systemic risk, the author Mark Kritzman defines absorption ratio (AR) as the fraction of the total variance of a set of asset returns explained or absorbed by a ...
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CreditGrades model calibration and initial values

Currently doing a project on structural models, and I want to apply the CreditGrades model. My question is what values are the parameters going to take, in order to update the implied probability of ...
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Calculating Flat Price Risk for Physical Commodity Trades

I've been reading Craig Pirrongs Economics of Trading Firms published by Trafigura: https://www.trafigura.com/media/1364/economics-commodity-trading-firms.pdf Very informative read. The point I have ...
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Jump diffusion model and Firm probability of default

I want to examine whether corporate events affect firm's probability of default. My initial thought was a jump diffusion model, although in the literature, the only work I found, involved CDS market ...
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Using option pricing methods to model real asset liquidity

Liquidity risk (in the sense of asset exit risk) is warranted on investments that may not be easily divested at the going market or fair-value price. I am looking at a portfolio of private assets ...