# Questions tagged [var]

Value at Risk, a widely used risk measure of the risk of loss on a specific portfolio of financial assets.

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### Fixed Income Var calculation

I'm trying to calculate var for a portfolio of fixed income securities. I initially want to just calculate undiversified VaR for each instrument. I'm doing the following for each instrument Take ...
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### Energy Risk Quant--Any discussion boards for energy related quant topics?

Any discussion boards for energy related quant topics? Like VaR in energy portfolio, and pipeline option pricing.. just want to know where is the best discussion board for such energy specific topics. ...
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### How to compute VaR of a simple equity portfolio?

How do I compute VaR of a simple equity portfolio? I know current weights and can easily access the history of the stocks' daily returns.
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### Do people actually use VaR in professional settings?

VaR seems like such an obviously flawed metric, I am surprised that it seems to be used so much in the private sector. First, the way it is named and the way it is presented often imply it is the ...
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### VaR Calculation - Covariance matrix is not positive semidefinite

This is a basic question. I have three assets, equally weighted, and all the mutual covariances are -1. Then, the covariance matrix looks like - ...
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### Assigning Global VaR to portfolio members

Assuming that I calculate a parametric VaR of a portfolio with 3 assets, and I need to assign the amount each asset (equity) contributes to the VaR. Lets say that: $C$: Is the correlation matrix $w$:...
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### Expected Shortfall Basel III style: what is the idea?

I would like to do a qualitative question about the Expected shortfall in the Basel 3 document. First of all let me introduce few definitions. Suppose to have a portfolio $P$ depending on a family ...
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### What time series and length should be used for a second-order derivative?

Let's suppose that there is an option on a futures contract, the underlying asset for the future is an index, and the future is a cash settled contract. In this case you have a second-order ...
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### Historical Scenario analysis for stress testing

I am doing historical scenario analysis in order to calculate stressed VAR for which I have taken 2007-2008 US crisis. I have two question in this regard:- 1) As we have to take prices for stocks ...
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### What would be an alternative if the VaR model is not acceptable?

Assume we have a VaR model wich says : the lost should not exceed X for more 3 days and we come up with more days where the lost exceeded X, what is usually done for the VaR model ? Do we switch to ...
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### VaR for FX forwards

I am trying to figure out some of the commonly used approaches to deal with FX forwards (in a currency portfolio containing spots, forwards and swaps) that would allow me to calculate the one day VaR ...
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### How to interpret/use VaR and Standard Deviation?

The parametric VaR is defined as follows: $$VaR=Z_a*Vol$$ Is this the best way to interpret how much risk is being taken on for a particular asset? How does one interpret volatility on its own if ...
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### Total portfolio VaR greater than aggregated individual VaRs

I am facing something weird in a simulation. I have calculated a portfolio VaR: 100\$. Then I aggregated the VaR for individual position (loans) and obtain: 98\$. I thought it was not possible for the ...
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### When is the VAR equal to the CVAR

After running an optimisation using a quadratic utility (CRRA) function I calculate an CVAR that is equal to the VAR especially for very small risk-aversion levels ($\gamma$=1 and $\gamma$=2 e.g.). ...
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### Normal VaR for short bond

So I'm short a GBP denominated zero-coupon bond which has a face value of 1 million pounds and a remaining maturity of 6 months. Furthermore, I have to assume that the daily return of a 6-month zero ...
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### Problem in calculating a simple VaR

In Alexander, Gordon J. and Alexandre M. Baptista (2006). Does the Basle Capital Accord reduce bank fragility? An assessment of the value-at-risk approach. Journal of Monetary Economics 53(7), ...
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### Understanding example on VaR

Trying to understand the example below on VaR in Wikipedia. I don't really understand how the 1% VaR is being defined here. Firstly, shouldn't it be 1% Var is 100 since its the amount her looses? And ...
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### How to compute the Value-at-Risk of an equity portfolio hedged using futures contracts?

I would like to have your opinions about how to calculate the VaR of a hedged portfolio using futures contracts. I have tried several "black box" softwares and none of them make too much sense. The ...
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### How to calculate the VaR of a portfolio containing Stocks and ETFs?

I would like to use the approach outlined here to calculate portfolio VaR. However in my case the portfolio also contains ETFs (where I don't necessarily know the fund's total composition. I usually ...
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### Handling option expiration during Monte Carlo simulation

I have equity options in my portfolio that can expire during a VaR calculation (with Monte Carlo). For example the time to maturity of my option is T days but I simulate for T+n days (n > 0). What ...
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### What is a good choice of threshold for Value at Risk?

As far as I know, there is usually a betwixt in choosing the right value for a threshold. A trade off between bias and variance has to be encountered. If a low threshold is chosen, the number of ...
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### Historical VaR on Commodity Physical Forward

Recently came across building Histroical VaR for commodity forward position. Understood from quants guru the best way to calculate VaR is using full re-valuation, Full reval is computationally ...