Parameter Estimation in Credit Models Under Incomplete Information
30 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2014
Date Written: July 28, 2013
We consider the filtering model of Frey & Schmidt (2012) stated under the real probability measure and develop a method for estimating the parameters in this framework by using time-series data of CDS index spreads and classical maximum-likelihood algorithms. The estimation-approach incorporates the Kushner-Stratonovich SDE for the dynamics of the filtering probabilities. The convenient formula for the survival probability is a prerequisite for our estimation algorithm. We apply the developed maximum-likelihood algorithms on market data for historical CDS index spreads (iTraxx Europe Main Series) in order to estimate the parameters in the nonlinear filtering model for an exchangeable credit portfolio. Several such estimations are performed as well as accompanying statistical and numerical computations.
Keywords: Credit risk, intensity-based models, filtering, estimation, Markov process
JEL Classification: G13, G33, C02, C13, C63
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