Consistent Assumptions for Modeling Credit Loss Correlations

Journal of Actuarial Practice, Vol. 13, pp. 173-182, 2006

10 Pages Posted: 19 May 2009

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Jan Dhaene

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

M. J. Goovaerts

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ruben Olieslagers

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robert Koch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Olivier Romijn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steven Vanduffel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Abstract

We consider a single period portfolio of n dependent credit risks that are subject to default during the period.

We show that using stochastic loss given default random variables in conjunction with default correlations can give rise to an inconsistent set of assumptions for estimating the variance of the portfolio loss.

Two sets of consistent assumptions are provided, which it turns out, also provide bounds on the variance of the portfolio’s loss. An example of an inconsistent set of assumptions is given.

Keywords: default correlation, loss correlation, comonotonicity, credit risk, LGD, Solvency II, Basel II

Suggested Citation

Dhaene, Jan and Goovaerts, M.J. and Olieslagers, Ruben and Koch, Robert and Romijn, Olivier and Vanduffel, Steven, Consistent Assumptions for Modeling Credit Loss Correlations. Journal of Actuarial Practice, Vol. 13, pp. 173-182, 2006 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1406866

Jan Dhaene

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

M.J. Goovaerts

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ruben Olieslagers

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Robert Koch

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Olivier Romijn

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Steven Vanduffel (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
Brussels, Brabant 1050
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.stevenvanduffel.com

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