A Risk-Assessment Framework for Art-Secured Lending

31 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2020

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Ventura Charlin

V.C. Consultants; EVENTUS ANALYTICS; V.C. Consultants

Arturo Cifuentes


Date Written: February 14, 2019


We identify the three types of risks involved in an art-secured lending operation and present a framework to assess their combined effects via a Monte Carlo simulation. Also, we derive some useful closed-form expressions that are suitable when the collateral consists of only one painting. To help decision-makers and risk managers, we introduce a number of risk-related metrics that provide a detailed characterization of the lending operation risk profile. We conclude that with the customary LTV ratios currently prevalent in the art-based lending business (around 50%), the lender’s exposure is quite bounded. Moreover, the advantages of having a diversified collateral, from a risk perspective, are relevant. Finally, we find that the uncertainty related to the value of the painting is much more important than the uncertainty related to either the credit risk profile of the borrower, or, the artists’ returns during the period the loan remains outstanding.

Keywords: Art-Secured Lending; Art-Based Lending, Art-Risk Management, Financial Risk Management, Monte Carlo Simulation, Credit Risk, Market Risk

JEL Classification: C02, C6, G1, G11, G13, Z11

Suggested Citation

Charlin, Ventura and Cifuentes, Arturo, A Risk-Assessment Framework for Art-Secured Lending (February 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3334756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3334756

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