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Tobias Adrian

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Markus K. Brunnermeier

Princeton University - Department of Economics

September 2011

FRB of New York Staff Report No. 348

We propose a measure for systemic risk: CoVaR, the value at risk (VaR) of the financial system conditional on institutions being in distress. We define an institution’s contribution to systemic risk as the difference between CoVaR conditional on the institution being in distress and CoVaR in the median state of the institution. From our estimates of CoVaR for the universe of publicly traded financial institutions, we quantify the extent to which characteristics such as leverage, size, and maturity mismatch predict systemic risk contribution. We also provide out-of-sample forecasts of a countercyclical, forwardlooking measure of systemic risk and show that the 2006:Q4 value of this measure would have predicted more than half of realized covariances during the financial crisis.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: value at risk, systemic risk, risk spillovers, financial architecture

JEL Classification: G10, G18, G20

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Date posted: September 19, 2008 ; Last revised: October 17, 2013

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Adrian, Tobias and Brunnermeier, Markus K., CoVaR (September 2011). FRB of New York Staff Report No. 348. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1269446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1269446

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Tobias Adrian (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
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HOME PAGE: http://nyfedeconomists.org/adrian/
Markus Konrad Brunnermeier
Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )
Bendheim Center for Finance
Princeton, NJ
United States
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