Which Measure for PFE? The Risk Appetite Measure A

14 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2015

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Chris Kenyon

MUFG Securities EMEA plc; University College London

Andrew David Green


Mourad Berrahoui

Lloyds Banking Group

Date Written: December 15, 2015


Potential Future Exposure (PFE) is a standard risk metric for managing business unit counterparty credit risk but there is debate on how it should be calculated. The debate has been whether to use one of many historical ("physical") measures (one per calibration setup), or one of many risk-neutral measures (one per numeraire). However, we argue that limits should be based on the bank's own risk appetite provided that this is consistent with regulatory backtesting and that whichever measure is used it should behave (in a sense made precise) like a historical measure. Backtesting is only required by regulators for banks with IMM approval but we expect that similar methods are part of limit maintenance generally. We provide three methods for computing the bank price of risk from readily available business unit data, i.e. business unit budgets (rate of return) and limits (e.g. exposure percentiles). Hence we define and propose a Risk Appetite Measure, A, for PFE and suggest that this is uniquely consistent with the bank's Risk Appetite Framework as required by sound governance.

Keywords: Risk, Pricing, PFE, VaR, ES, IMM, CVA, Measures, Risk Appetite

JEL Classification: K23, G11, G12, G13, G21, G24, E37, D81, D82, D52, D40, C15

Suggested Citation

Kenyon, Chris and Green, Andrew David and Berrahoui, Mourad, Which Measure for PFE? The Risk Appetite Measure A (December 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2703965

Chris Kenyon (Contact Author)

MUFG Securities EMEA plc ( email )

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University College London ( email )

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Andrew David Green

Scotiabank ( email )

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Mourad Berrahoui

Lloyds Banking Group ( email )

10 Gresham Street
London, EC2V 7AE
United Kingdom

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