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VaR on Interest Rate Swaps

I am a newbie and was after a simple explanation on how VaR is calculated for a portfolio of IRS's.
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Does VaR calculations consider my portfolio past

I am relatively new to trading and decided to become more quantitative about it. I have had a portfolio for about two years, where I changed my positions several times. I now learnt about VaR ...
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How is VaR calculated for forward contracts accounting for European put options?

My initial idea is to create profit and loss using an equation like this: \begin{align} P\&L = & \text{European Put P&L} + \text{Forward P&L}\\ P\&L = & [(K-S_T)^+...
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PRIIPs KID: if VaR (Return Space) < -1, how to compute VEV (VaR-equivalent volatility)?

The PRIIPs regulation does not specify how to compute the VaR-equivalent volatility if $VaR_{Return Space} < -1$. What would you do in the following case? I have the following moments from the ...
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How is a return-adjusted nearby created?

I am reading Value-at-Risk Second Edition – by Glyn A. Holton https://www.value-at-risk.net/futures-nearbys-and-distortions/ From 6.6.1 "The standard means of obtaining continual time series from ...
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How is VaR calculated with mixed return-periods

For example, if you have a dataset of returns that are not daily or yearly, but span 24 days, 1 day, 5 days, 7 days, etc., how do you calculate or interpret the VaR of that? I've tried linearly ...
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Risk factor mapping of a foreign bond

Suppose the investor is Australian, and there is a single, 3-month, USD-denominated zero-coupon bond with a face value of \$1 million USD. The AUD/USD exchange rate is \$1.2AUD/USD, and the 3-month US ...
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How to set VaR and other Risk Limits

I have read a lot of literature on how to calculate VaR and it's advantages and disadvantages. But I am struggling to find anything on how to set a VaR limit. For example, say if I am a Risk Manager ...
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Filtered Historical Simulation VaR for swaps

I am trying to understand how to calculate FHS VaR for a portofolio of vanilla swaps. I think I understand the main ideas behind FHS VaR and how to implement it for other assets such as equities. I ...
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Which distribution has higher VaR?

Let say I have 2 distributions with cdf $F_1$ and $F_2$. And I know that $F_1 \leq F_2$. With this information I know that $F_1$ has bigger lower tail than $F_2$ but I don't think this right away ...
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Computing VaR in a Monte Carlo simulation (question from Joshi's book)

I am studying Joshi's book on C++ for derivatives pricing. I am at chapter 5 on implementing a statistics gatherers class to use in a (simple) MC routine for pricing vanilla options, where it is ...
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Is there a Python package that implements backtesting for VaR?

I would like to use the tests of Christoffersen (1998), Engle and Manganelli (2004) or Kupiec (1995) to evaluate how good are the VaRs that I have projected. Is there a library that implements these ...
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Bond VaR with z-spread

I want to calculate VaR for bonds using historical z-spread changes. I want to apply the changes to the present day z-spread, reprice the bond and obtain the PnLs from which I can calculate VaR. But ...
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Testing severity of VaR by changing portfolio component weights

Let's assume that I have a portfolio with two components:$$\omega_i = 0.3$$ $$\omega_j = 0.7$$ I also have two P&L vectors, $v_i$ and $v_j$ each containing 1000 P&Ls. I would like to play ...
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Showing that the shortfall-to-quantile ratio of a normal distribution goes to one

I dont get why $$\lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{\mu \{1 - \Phi(x)\} + \sigma \phi(x)}{(\mu + \sigma x) \{1 - \Phi(x)\} } = \lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{1}{1 - \sigma \frac{1 - \Phi(x)}{(\mu + \...
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recalculate VaR from one currency to another

I have a strange question. For example, I have 95% VaR (1Y, delta-normal) for portfolio with one stock in same currency (for example, USD). What minimal information should I have for recalculation ...
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Value At Risk Rigorous Definition

Reading a paper about VaR and don't understand what $a'$ is. The link to the paper is here: https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.878.8823&rep=rep1&type=pdf. The relevant ...
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Delta-Gamma VaR approximation and cross-gamma

Suppose we have a portfolio of say two vanilla options (e.g. on two index futures). One option A with underlying X and a second option B with underlying Y. I'm trying to calculate the delta-gamma ...
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Why is infimum chosen to define value at risk as opposed to the minimum?

I believe that the VaR is defined as the infimum of the generalized inverse of the CDF of the loss function (something like that, please correct accordingly): $$\text{VaR}(\alpha)=\inf\{x: F_L(x)\geq \...
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Backtesting Value-At-Risk (20-days)

I calculate the 20-day returns of (rolling window) of historical stock prices of 2 years. Are there any problems (like autocorrelation) when I want to backtest the VaR (Value-at-Risk) model?
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Dependence between Credit Default Risk and Credit Spread Risk

I am trying to understand the difference and similarities between Credit Spread Risk and Credit Default Risk. Here is brief (and not all too precise) definition. Credit Spread Risk: Losses due to ...
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Martingale corrections to historical Value at Risk?

I am looking for a bit of advice. I have recently used to a new firm, which uses Value at Risk in a manner that is unfamiliar from previous places I have worked that I find less than ideal. Previous, ...
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Portfolio VaR using a gaussian copula

I have a portfolio consisting of bonds, stocks, fx and property. I'm using Monte Carlo to estimate the VaR of this portfolio. To generate the forward-looking interest rate risk factor scenarios I use ...
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VAR of Long & Short European Call Options

I have over 1000 simulated stock prices for an option that is expiring in 3 months. I have calculated the EU call option payoff of 1000 simulated prices and now I have 1000 simulated payoffs of call. ...
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Value at Risk calculation using univariate Markov switching multifractal

So I'm studying different ways for the Value at Risk calculation. Currently my attempt is in using the univariate Markov-Switching Multifractal framework. I've already estimated the $\hat{\sigma}_{t+...
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Standard market risk platform Value-at-Risk (VaR)

if possible, could you share publicly available methodological guides/pamphlets or post links to specialised websites which give sufficient detail of the basic assumptions, algorithms and possible ...
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Covariance matrix for risk factors of a FX Forward contract

Does it make sense to calculate log-returns of interest rates from a zero curve? Context: I'm trying to build a variance-covariance matrix for the risk factors of a USDBRL FX Forward maturing in 1 ...
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VaR using normal vol vS lognormal

We are using a vendor's software to calculate the Parametric VaR (using RiskMetrics approach) that take as input the volatility figure of the risk factors. The volatility used so far was the lognormal....
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Estimating VaR of bond due to changes in the US yield curve

I am attempting estimate the 99% 10-day VaR of an investment grade bond due to changes in the US yield curve. The data provided is the daily prices of the bond over time. In addition I have the Daily ...
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Correlation for Trading vs. Risk Management

Assume a portfolio that contains some asset A and that I am contemplating hedging my delta in A by taking a position in asset B. I would determine how much of B to buy/sell based on the linear ...
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Is scaling the standard deviations in the VaR formula (parametric) equivalent to scaling the VaR figure at the end?

I have come across people calculating parametric VaR who scaled the standard deviations by say square root of 10 to scale up to a 10 day horizon. Elsewhere I have seen textbooks suggesting that it is ...
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Parametric VaR, Normality and Subadditivity

Good evening; I just have a simple question about Value at Risk and the subadditivity property, and I know that it may sound silly I got that, in general, VaR is not subadditive. However, if a ...
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LogNormal VaR Formula Risk Metrics

https://web.mst.edu/~huwen/teaching_VaR_Weiqian_Li.pdf On page 6, the paper above mentions RiskMetrics would use the following VaR formula: ...
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what is a simple parametric VaR approach that can be used to compare with ISDA SIMM results?

i am looking for a simple parametric VaR approach that includes vega and/or gamma. i am not sure if to choose a non symmetric distribution for the pnl, what would people use, perhaps some shifted ...
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VaR and Expected Shorfall estimations with negative shape parameter of a GPD (Extreme Value Theory )

So im trying to replicate an code from the Quantative Risk Management Book (https://github.com/qrmtutorial/qrm/blob/master/code/09_Market_Risk/09_Standard_methods_for_market_risk.R). But when i try a ...
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Implications of modeling operational risks without frequency distribution

When modeling operational risk, the Loss Distribution Approach (LDA) is widely used. Usually, we model the loss frequency distribution and the loss severity distribution and then aggregate both to ...
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Optimal Portfolios with Skewed and Heavy-Tailed Distributions

I am learning about portfolio theory and been using Markowitz. I wondered, however, if I can use distributional and asymmetric information of the returns to solve the problem. For instance, I have a ...
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Interpretation of Value at Risk

Let $X$ be a Loss random variable (Positive values of X represents Losses) and let $p \in (0,1)$. I know that the Value at Risk at level $p$ of $X$ is defined as: $$VaR_p(X) = inf{\{x \in \mathbb{R} : ...
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10-day VaR for a portfolio

So, Bank ANZ owns a portfolio of options on the USD/GBP exchange rate. The delta equivalent position of the portfolio is GBP 56.00. The current exchange rate is 1.5, with a daily volatility of 0.7 ...
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Calculating the Value-at-Risk when changing the confidence level

If I have a VaR estimate at a 95% confidence interval is 10, how do I calculate the approximate level of the VaR if the confidence level was raised to 99%, assuming a one-tailed normal distribution?
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Capital Allocation, VaR, Expected Shortfall

Are there any serious drawbacks / weaknesses in the Euler allocation method, when used to allocate VaR capital (and potentially Expected Shortfall) to risk factors in a portfolio? I notice that ...
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Value at risk, risk-neutral vs real-world probability measures

Does anyone know if there is any link between the Value at Risk of risk-neutral distribution and of the real-world distributions of asset rate of returns?
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VAR interpretation

I definitely struggle to understand the following interpretation of VAR (value at risk) provided by Jorion $$VAR(c)=E[X]−Q(X,c)$$ where $X$ is a random variable, $E[X]$ its expected value, $Q(X,c)$ ...
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Calculate VaR using method of historical simulation

A bank invests € $1.000.000$ in a hedge fund. The last 500 daily returns can be taken from a database. The worst 20 returns are -4.58 -2.95 -2.95 -2.93 -2.17 -2.08 -2.06 -1.98 -1.94 -...
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Do the minimum VaR and minimum ES portfolios lie on the mean-variance efficient frontier?

The mean-variance efficient frontier holds the minimum variance portfolio, but in the graph above it shows that the minimum VaR (Value-at-Risk) and minimum ES (CVaR) portfolios (expected shortfall/...
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VaR and Expected Shortfall for Geometric Brownian Motion

Given that $dS_t=\mu S_tdt+\sigma S_tdW_t$ ,a risk free rate r and defining Value at Risk and Expected Shortfall as $VaR_{t,a}=S_0e^{rt}-x$ where $x$ is the amount such that $P(S_t\leq x)=1-a$ ($a:$...
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Is there Cornish-Fisher volatility, given that there is Cornish-Fisher Value-at-Risk?

The Cornish-Fisher expansion is used to approximate the quantile $q_\alpha$ of a return distribution in order to extend the traditional Value-at-Risk (VaR) measure $$VaR = \mu(X) + \sigma(X) q_\alpha $...
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Longer / Shorter period loss

I am struggling on I think a quite simple issue. Let's take a portfolio of 100 loans. If we assume they are independent, each loan’s default is a Bernoulli with parameter $p=0.01$ over a certain time ...
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Someone help me understand why for portfolio variance or Parametric Value at Risk we have to compute the covariance matrix?

I understand that portfolio variance is computed through $w'Cw$, where w is the vector of weights, $C$ being the covariance matrix. However, what I don't get is this: why can't this portfolio variance ...
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Code (Python or R) references for operational risk models (AMA/COM)

I have to build an operational risk model and to be compliant with Basell II and III regulations I thought of using AMA (Advanced measurement approach) or COM (change of measurement). We have no ...

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