Questions tagged [risk]

The possibility that a negative event (such as a loss) will happen.

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Wave Method and Implied Duration

I am pricing an MBS under three different rate scenarios: a base case, +5bps and -5bps I compute partial durations on the base case using the wave method (P. Hagan: Calculating Delta Risks and Hedges ...
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understanding Value-at-Risk correclty

The are several types how to calculate the VaR. I am focussing on the method of calculation the VaR in percentage. $VaR=I*z*std*\sqrt{t}$ This gives the VaR in €. I have the z-value, the daily ...
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How to interpret the (expected) exposure and CVA of an option or a single share

I have a quick (hopefully simple) question regarding the interpretation of the expected exposure of a call option and a single share. I've done some computations on the formula for the expected ...
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Choquet integral risk measure

I have one question that cannot fully understand why. What is the definition of the Choquet integral risk measure?
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what are the underlying transactions for SOFR?

Recently I am reading about SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate), which is projected to replace LIBOR to be the reference for risk-free rate in the market. But I still don't understand or imagine ...
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PCA on a portfolio of spot and forward contracts

I have a portfolio of spot and FX forwards on various currencies all based to AUD. I need to able to quantify how the changes in amount, tilt and curvature of the AUD curve would impact my p/l. ...
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Market Risk - Trading and Banking book in light of Basel III

I can not understand whether Basel III (in the part of market risk) applies both to Trading Book and Banking book or just to the first one. I have read that for what concerns Banking book you only ...
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What 10 year bond data to use when making a risk/return scatter plot?

I am making a risk/return scatter plot (seen below) (from this site): What data must be used for bonds (e.g. 3 month or 10 year US bonds)? I thought you would use this data, but if you take the years ...
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Modified Sharpe ratio

I would like to model different type of investors, hence I need to find some kind of utility functions to optimize. Apart from very abstract exponential utility function, I couldn't find any proper ...
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cvxpy portfolio optimization with risk budgeting

I'm trying to do some portfolio construction in cvxpy in Python: ...
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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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What is the relationship between risk aversion and preference for skewness and kurtosis in portfolio optimization?

Is there any relationship between the risk aversion coefficient in an individual's utility function (commonly used in portfolio optimization) and the preference for higher moments such as skewness and ...
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Non-parametric estimator - CVaR / Expected shortfall

Is the estimation of the CVaR using known non-parametric methods (histogram, kernels) different than the estimation of any other R.V.? If the answer is yes, I am interested to know whether there are ...
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Financial Statement Analysis [closed]

So i have just completed a beginners course on understanding financial statements. As part of the final assignment, we are supposed to pick a real company, study its financial statements and conclude ...
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Risk-aversion parameters estimation in utility functions

Are there any "typical" risk-aversion parameters for power utility function and exponential utility function? Once I've seen an articel, in which author stated that for extremely risky person gamma in ...
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Why are thousand-ish-factor vendor risk models not extremely overfit and inaccurate?

Many vendor risk models have many hundreds, or even thousands of factors (many of which are highly correlated with each other). Underlying all these risk models is some sort of covariance matrix in ...
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Total risk from asset allocation and security selection

My company's multi-asset fund has been using risk metrics methodology to calculate ex-ante VaR and tracking error for years. Due to hardware limitation, the calculation only reflects active risk from ...
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better estimator of volatility for small samples

One commonly used sample estimator of volatility is the standard deviation of the log returns. It is indeed a very good estimator (unbiased, ...) when the sample is large. But I don't like it for ...
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Backtesting model results, but backtesting output sampled at different frequency than model output

So, I'm trying to backtest a model that computes P&L. This model pulls sensitivities on a weekly basis and applies market shocks to these sensitivities to project quarterly P&L. I want to ...
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Bregman Mean of a Distribution

In a paper (link), author writes, given that $\gamma:R\rightarrow \bar{R}$ is a convex function, $dom_{\gamma}:=\{x\in R:\gamma(x)<+\infty\}$ is a non-empty open set and $\gamma$ a closed proper ...
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Examples of Spectral Risk Measures

Let's take the usual definition of a spectral risk measure. If we look at the integral we see that spectral risk measures have the property that the risk measure of a random variable $X$ can be ...
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Prove Subadditivity - Entropic Value at Risk

Any insight in how to prove the following risk measure is subadditive? $\rho_{1-\alpha}(X) = \inf_{z>0}\{z^{-1}\ln(\frac{E[e^{zX}]}{\alpha})\}$, with $\alpha \in ]0,1]$ I want to prove it is a ...
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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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Why Can I not estimate a CVAR from Heston Model

I fit the parameters of Heston model, using option data for SPX. Now I have the process S and P 500 is expected to follow. I make 100,000 simulations of this process and then calculate the expected ...
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Annualisation of Downside Deviation

Is it possible to annualise the downside deviation? If so, on the basis of what theory? The downside deviation (DD) of a series of daily returns is computed according to the formula: $\text{DD} = \...
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Non-contractual accounts behavioural study

I need to carry a non-contractual accounts behavoiural study for a bank. The objective is to estimate core/non core ratios and then bucket and ftp them. Any recipe where to start? I have 3yrs of ...
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How to calculate unsystematic risk?

We know that there are 2 types of risk which are systematic and unsystematic risk. Systematic risk can be estimate through the calculation of β in CAPM formula. But how can we estimate the ...
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Risk-return ratio using ML default probability

I have access to a very large bond database (>20m rows) where 50% of the set are matured bonds for which a dummy variable identifies whether the bond defaulted or not. The remaining 50% are 'live' ...
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What is the purest way to get exposure to Jump risk premia, is there a jump swap

So to get exposure to Variance risk premia one could use variance swaps, is there a equivalent security for jumps. Hedging against jump but not diffusion risk could allow one to take targeted exposure ...
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What does Volatility Smile tell? [closed]

Could you please share your opinions about Volatility Smile? What does it tell us when it gets more convex or when its level changes over time or any other change on it. Any paper/work/blog ...
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Should one calculate CVA even when exposure is negative?

I have an example, where two companies have the bilateral nature of derivative contract. Companies have exchanged collateral a number of times, so at a certain point in time each sides holds some ...
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How does the “risk-neutral pricing framework” work?

I've struggled for a long time to understand this - What is this? And how does it affect you? Yes I mean risk neutral pricing - Wilmott Forums was not clear about that.
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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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What is a counterparty risk trading desk

Can someone explains what does the above mentioned desk do? What are their responsibilities and how do they manage them, where do they fit into the rest of the organization?
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Quantitative model for investing in ETFs [closed]

I want to build a model for asset allocation of my own personal pension in ETFs across four main asset classes: equity, bonds, commodity and property. I am familiar with Python and the basics of risk ...
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Implicit relation between risk and reward

I want to differentiate w.r.t. $\sigma^2$ the following equation $u'(Y)\mu$ + $\frac{u''(Y)}{2}$$(\sigma^2 + \mu^2) = 0$ where we can consider $\mu$(reward) as an implicit function of $\sigma^2$(risk) ...
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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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The name conventions such as ATM, Risk reversal and Butterflies to construct volatility surface

Why people call (vol call - vol put) risk reversal when risk reversal actually is (call 25 delta -put detlta +25)? when constructing volatility surface? The vol of risk revesal should not be vol call -...
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Flattening a Credit Loss Curve

I have a credit loss curve for 36 months and I want to transform that curve into a 20 months curve without changing its final loss. My credit loss vector is a % of unpaid principal balance in a ...
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Literature on return sensitivy in respect to: growth, risk and profitability

I am currently writing my master's thesis, wherein I am looking for supporting literature. Specifically, I wanted to know if there had been any research relating to how the: growth, risk and ...
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Risk, required return and expected volatility - what is the relationship?

Return required from risk averse agents from risky investments are proportional to expected return variance. That is from the textbook, you take the portfolio with the highest return to standard ...
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How to estimate market based PD and LGD for small enterprises?

I am estimating CVA/DVA for derivatives... How to estimate PD and LGD (or RR) based on market data for the small enterprises, if there is no external rating for them and they don't have bonds or ...
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Preferred Stock pricing model

I am trying to build a model to price a preferred stock. I want to model the dividends as random payments. I can't find any papers online on the subject. Does anyone have a reference for me?
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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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Does it make sense to subtract VaR from spot shocks?

I have a model to compute the Event Risk (in dollars) from a shock to the spot price of an asset. I also have the 10-day VaR PnL for the same assets returns. These two numbers are then aggregated to ...
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Whats the big deal between volatility and the risk free rate?

I am trying to understand asset price volatility. Many of the news articles I read link how stock market volatility is linked to asset price volatility? To give an example, in Mike Mackenzie's (...
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Reference request for research on the maximum drawdown **ratio** (NOT value)

Let's suppose the asset price process follows a Geometric Brownian motion $S_t \sim GBM(\mu, \sigma),\,t\ge 0$, and define the two process: $$ \begin{align} \text{MSF}_t &:= \max_{\tau\in[0,t]} S_\...
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Transformation of random variables and second-order stochastic dominance

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are two random variables where $X$ SOSD* $Y$. Let $g(\bullet)$ be a monotonic function and $X'=g(X)$ and $Y'=g(Y)$. Under what conditions of $g$ is $X'$ SOSD $Y'$? I know if $g$ ...
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Markowitz portfolio risk with PV01 instead of variance

As the PV01 ($= dpdy \times notional$) of a bond is a measure of its risk, as well as its price return variance, could we measure the risk of a bonds portfolio with the Markovitz portfolio variance ...
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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 ...