Credit Default Swap Calibration and Equity Swap Valuation Under Counterparty Risk with a Tractable Structural Model
36 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2004
Date Written: August 24, 2004
In this paper we develop a tractable structural model with analytical default probabilities depending on some dynamics parameters, and we show how to calibrate the model using a chosen number of Credit Default Swap (CDS) market quotes. We essentially show how to use structural models with a calibration capability that is typical of the much more tractable credit-spread based intensity models.
We apply the structural model to a concrete calibration case and observe what happens to the calibrated dynamics when the CDS-implied credit quality deteriorates as the firm approaches default. Finally we provide a typical example of a case where the calibrated structural model can be used for credit pricing in a much more convenient way than a calibrated reduced form model: The pricing of counterparty risk in an equity swap.
Keywords: Credit Derivatives, Structural Models, Black Cox Model, Credit Default Swaps, Calibration, Analytical Tractability, Monte Carlo Simulation, Equity Swaps, Counterparty Risk, Barrier Options
JEL Classification: G13
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