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Chapter 10 Market Risk Financial Institutions Risk Management Saunders and Cornett

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**1. **1 Skövde University, Risk Management Chapter 10 Market Risk Financial Institutions Risk Management Saunders and Cornett

**2. **2 Skövde University, Risk Management Overview This chapter discusses the nature of market risk and market risk measures, including:
Dollar exposure
RiskMetrics
Historic or back simulation
Monte Carlo simulation
Links between market risk and capital requirements

**3. **3 Skövde University, Risk Management Trading Risks Trading exposes banks to risks
1995 Barings Bank
1996 Sumitomo Corp. lost $2.6 billion in commodity futures trading
AllFirst/ Allied Irish $691 million loss
Allfirst eventually sold to Buffalo based M&T Bank due to dissatisfaction among stockholders of Allied Irish

**4. **4 Skövde University, Risk Management Concepts: Market Risk Market risk (or Value at Risk) is the uncertainty of a FI’s earnings resulting from changes in market conditions, e.g. interest rate, market volatility, etc.)
It can be measured over periods as short as one day. DEAR: daily earnings at risk
Usually measured in terms of dollar exposure amount or as a relative amount against some benchmark.

**5. **5 Skövde University, Risk Management Market Risk Measurement 5 reasons why risk measurement is important:
Management information
Setting limits, position limits per trader.
Resource allocation (higher return per risk)
Performance evaluation (risk/return tradeoff)
Regulation
BIS and Fed regulate market risk via capital requirements leading to potential overpricing of risks
Allow for use of internal models to calculate capital requirements

**6. **6 Skövde University, Risk Management Calculating Market Risk Exposure Generally concerned with estimated potential loss under adverse circumstances.
Three major approaches of risk measurement
(JPM) RiskMetrics (or variance/covariance approach)
Historic or Back Simulation
Monte Carlo Simulation

**7. **7 Skövde University, Risk Management JP Morgan RiskMetrics Model Market risk= estimated potential loss under adverse circumstances
Daily earnings at risk = (dollar market value of position) × (price sensitivity) × (potential adverse move in yield)
DEAR = (Dollar market value of position) × (Daily price volatility).
Daily price volatility = (MD) × (adverse daily yield move)
where, MD = Modified duration = D/(1+R)

**8. **8 Skövde University, Risk Management Formula

**9. **9 Skövde University, Risk Management Confidence Intervals If we assume that changes in the yield are normally distributed, we can construct confidence intervals around the projected DEAR. (Other distributions can be accommodated but normal is generally sufficient).
Assuming normality, 90% of the time the disturbance will be within 1.65 standard deviations of the mean.
(5% of the extreme values greater than +1.65 standard deviations and 5% of the extreme values less than -1.65 standard deviations)

**10. **Skövde University, Risk Management 10 Adverse 7-Year Rate Move

**11. **11 Skövde University, Risk Management Confidence Intervals: Example Suppose that we are long in 7-year zero-coupon bonds, $1M, yield on the bonds is 7.243%.
We define “bad” yield changes as: there is only 5% chance of the yield change will exceed in either direction. Assuming normality, 90% of the time yield changes will be within 1.65 standard deviations of the mean. If one standard deviation is 10 basis points, this corresponds to 16.5 basis points. Concern is that yields will rise. Probability of yield increases greater than 16.5 basis points is 5%.

**12. **12 Skövde University, Risk Management Confidence Intervals: Example Price volatility = (MD) ? (Potential adverse change in yield)
= (7/1.07243) ? (0.00165) = 1.077%
DEAR = (Market value of position) ? (Price volatility)
= ($1,000,000) ? (0.01077) = $10,770
Note: 1 basis point =0.0001

**13. **Skövde University, Risk Management 13 Confidence Intervals: Example To calculate the potential loss for more than one day, for N days:
Market Value At Risk (VARN) = DEAR ×
Example:
For a five-day period,
VAR5 = $10,770 ×
= $24,082

**14. **14 Skövde University, Risk Management Foreign Exchange In the case of Foreign Exchange, DEAR is computed in the same fashion as we do for interest rate risk.
DEAR = dollar value of position × FX rate volatility
where the FX rate volatility is taken as 1.65 sFX, Only 5% of the time exceeds the interval.

**15. **15 Skövde University, Risk Management FX example: dollar position 1 M

**16. **16 Skövde University, Risk Management Equities For equities,
If the portfolio is well diversified, then
DEAR = dollar value of position × stock market return volatility
where the market return volatility is taken as 1.65 sM. 5% of the time it exceed the interval.

**17. **17 Skövde University, Risk Management Aggregating DEAR Estimates Portfolio aggregation cannot simply sum up individual DEARs.
In order to aggregate the DEARs from individual exposures we require the correlation matrix.
Three-asset case: DEAR portfolio = [DEARa2 + DEARb2 + DEARc2 + 2rab × DEARa × DEARb + 2rac × DEARa × DEARc + 2rbc × DEARb × DEARc]1/2

**18. **18 Skövde University, Risk Management Historic or Back Simulation Advantages:
Simplicity
Does not require normal distribution of returns (which is a critical assumption for RiskMetrics)
Does not need correlations or standard deviations of individual asset returns.

**19. **19 Skövde University, Risk Management Historic or Back Simulation Basic idea: Revalue portfolio based on actual prices (returns) on the assets that existed yesterday, the day before, etc. (usually previous 500 days).
Then calculate 5% worst-case (25th lowest value of 500 days) outcomes.
Only 5% of the outcomes were lower.

**20. **20 Skövde University, Risk Management Estimation of VAR: Example Convert today’s FX positions into dollar equivalents at today’s FX rates.
Measure sensitivity of each position
Calculate its delta.
Measure risk
Actual percentage changes in FX rates for each of past 500 days.
Rank days by risk from worst to best.

**21. **21 Skövde University, Risk Management Weaknesses Disadvantage: 500 observations is not very many from statistical standpoint.
Increasing number of observations by going back further in time is not desirable.
Could weight recent observations more heavily and go further back.

**22. **22 Skövde University, Risk Management Monte Carlo Simulation To overcome problem of limited number of observations, synthesize additional observations.
Perhaps 10,000 real and synthetic observations.
Employ historic covariance matrix and random number generator to synthesize observations.
Objective is to replicate the distribution of observed outcomes with synthetic data.

**23. **23 Skövde University, Risk Management Regulatory Models BIS (including Federal Reserve) approach:
Market risk may be calculated using standard BIS model.
Specific risk charge.
General market risk charge.
Offsets.
Subject to regulatory permission, large banks may be allowed to use their internal models as the basis for determining capital requirements.

**24. **24 Skövde University, Risk Management BIS Model Specific risk charge:
Risk weights × absolute dollar values of long and short positions
General market risk charge:
reflect modified durations ? expected interest rate shocks for each maturity
Vertical offsets:
Adjust for basis risk
Horizontal offsets within/between time zones

**25. **In calculating DEAR, adverse change in rates defined as 99th percentile (rather than 95th under RiskMetrics)
Minimum holding period is 10 days (means that RiskMetrics’ daily DEAR multiplied by )*.
Capital charge will be higher of:
Previous day’s VAR (or DEAR ? )
Average Daily VAR over previous 60 days times a multiplication factor ? 3.
*Proposal to change to minimum period of 5 days under Basel II, end of 2006. Large Banks: BIS versus RiskMetrics