Marginals Versus Copulas: Which Account For More Model Risk In Multivariate Risk Forecasting?
54 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2021
Date Written: September 20, 2021
Copulas. We study the model risk of multivariate risk models in a comprehensive empirical study on Copula-GARCH models used for forecasting Value-at-Risk and Expected Shortfall. To determine whether model risk inherent in the forecasting of portfolio risk is caused by the candidate marginal or copula models, we analyze different groups of models in which we fix either the marginals, the copula, or neither. Model risk is economically significant, is especially high during periods of crisis, and is almost completely due to the choice of the copula. We then propose the use of the model confidence set procedure to narrow down the set of available models and reduce model risk for Copula-GARCH risk models. Our proposed approach leads to a significant improvement in the mean absolute deviation of one day ahead forecasts by our various candidate risk models.
Keywords: OR in Banking, Risk Analysis, Finance, Copula, Model Risk
JEL Classification: G17, G32, C53, C58
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