Rethinking Margin Period of Risk
35 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 21, 2016
We describe a new framework for collateralized exposure modelling under an ISDA Master Agreement with a Credit Support Annex. The proposed model captures legal and operational aspects of default in considerably greater detail than models currently used by most practitioners, while remaining fully tractable and computationally feasible. Specifically, it considers the remedies and suspension rights available within these legal agreements; the firm's policies in availing itself of these rights; and the typical time it takes to exercise them in practice. The inclusion of these effects is shown to produce significantly higher credit exposure for representative portfolios compared to the currently used models. The increase is especially pronounced when dynamic initial margin is also present.
Keywords: Margin Period of Risk, Swaps, Collateral, Credit Exposure, CVA
JEL Classification: G10, G13, G20, G33, C15
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