Value-at-Risk Model Risk
University of Sussex - School of Business, Management and Economics
José María Sarabia
University of Cantabria - Department of Economics
January 9, 2011
Large banks assess their regulatory capital for market risk using complex, firm-wide Value-at-Risk (VaR) models. In their 'bottom-up' approach to VaR there are many sources of model risk. A recent amendment to banking regulations requires additional market risk capital to cover all these model risks but, as yet, there is no accepted framework for computing such an add-on. We introduce a top-down approach to quantifying VaR model risk in a rigorous statistical framework and derive a corresponding adjustment to regulatory capital that is relatively straightforward to implement.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Basel II, Maximum entropy, Model risk, Quantile, Risk capital, Value-at-Risk, VaR
JEL Classification: C1, C19, C51, G17, G28
Date posted: February 9, 2011
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