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Loan Portfolio Selection and Risk Measurement. Chapters 10 and 11. The Paradox of Credit. Lending is not a “buy and hold”process. To move to the efficient frontier, maximize return for any given level of risk or equivalently, minimize risk for any given level of return.

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Loan Portfolio Selection and Risk Measurement

Chapters 10 and 11

The Paradox of Credit
• Lending is not a “buy and hold”process.
• To move to the efficient frontier, maximize return for any given level of risk or equivalently, minimize risk for any given level of return.
• This may entail the selling of loans from the portfolio. “Paradox of Credit” – Fig. 10.1.

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Managing the Loan Portfolio According to the Tenets of Modern Portfolio Theory
• Improve the risk-return tradeoff by:
• Calculating default correlations across assets.
• Trade the loans in the portfolio (as conditions change) rather than hold the loans to maturity.
• This requires the existence of a low transaction cost, liquid loan market.
• Inputs to MPT model: Expected return, Risk (standard deviation) and correlations

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The Optimum Risky Loan Portfolio – Fig. 10.2
• Choose the point on the efficient frontier with the highest Sharpe ratio:
• The Sharpe ratio is the excess return to risk ratio calculated as:

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Problems in Applying MPT to Untraded Loan Portfolios
• Mean-variance world only relevant if security returns are normal or if investors have quadratic utility functions.
• Need 3rd moment (skewness) and 4th moment (kurtosis) to represent loan return distributions.
• Unobservable returns
• No historical price data.
• Unobservable correlations

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KMV’s Portfolio Manager
• Returns for each loan I:
• Rit = Spreadi + Feesi – (EDFi x LGDi) – rf
• Loan Risks=variability around EL=EGF x LGD = UL
• LGD assumed fixed: ULi =
• LGD variable, but independent across borrowers: ULi =
• VOL is the standard deviation of LGD. VVOL is valuation volatility of loan value under MTM model.
• MTM model with variable, indep LGD (mean LGD): ULi =

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Valuation Under KMV PM
• Depends on the relationship between the loan’s maturity and the credit horizon date:
• Figure 11.1: DM if loan’s maturity is less than or equal to the credit horizon date (maturities M1 or M2).
• MTM if loan’s maturity is greater than credit horizon date (maturity M3). See Appendix 11.1 for valuation.

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Correlations
• Figure 11.2 – joint PD is the shaded area.
• GF = GF/GF
• GF =
• Correlations higher (lower) if isocircles are more elliptical (circular).
• If JDFGF = EDFGEDFF then correlation=0.

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Role of Correlations
• Barnhill & Maxwell (2001): diversification can reduce bond portfolio’s standard deviation from \$23,433 to \$8,102.
• KMV diversifies 54% of risk using 5 different BBB rated bonds.
• KMV uses asset (de-levered equity) correlations, CreditMetrics uses equity correlations.
• Correlation ranges:
• KMV: .002 to .15
• Credit Risk Plus: .01 to .05
• CreditMetrics: .0013 to .033

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Calculating Correlations using KMV PM
• Construct asset returns using OPM.
• Estimate 3-level multifactor model. Estimate coefficients and then evaluated asset variance and correlation coefficients using:
• First level decomposition:
• Single index model – composite market factor constructed for each firm.
• Second level decomposition:
• Two factors: country and industry indices.
• Third level decomposition:
• Three sets of factors: (1) 2 global factors (market-weighted index of returns for all firms and return index weighted by the log of MV); (2) 5 regional factors (Europe, No. America, Japan, SE Asia, Australia/NZ); (3) 7 sector factors (interest sensitive, extraction, consumer durables, consumer nondurables, technology, medical services, other).

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CreditMetrics Portfolio VAR
• Two approaches:
• Assuming normally distributed asset values.
• Using actual (fat-tailed and negatively skewed) asset distributions.
• For the 2 Loan Case, Calculate:
• Joint migration probabilities
• Joint payoffs or loan values
• To obtain portfolio value distribution.

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The 2-Loan Case Under the Normal Distribution
• Joint Migration Probabilities = the product of each loan’s migration probability only if the correlation coefficient=0.
• From Table 10.1, the probability that obligor 1 retains its BBB rating and obligor 2 retains it’s a rating would be 0.8693 x 0.9105 = 79.15% if the loans were uncorrelated. The entry of 79.69% suggests a positive correlation of 0.3.

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Mapping Ratings Transitions to Asset Value Distributions
• Assume that assets are normally distributed.
• Compute historic transition matrix. Figure 11.3 uses the matrix for a BB rated loan.
• Suppose that historically, there is a 1.06% probability of transition to default. This corresponds to 2.3 standard deviations below the mean on the standard normal distribution.
• Similarly, if there is a 8.84% probability of downgrade from BB to B, this corresponds to 1.23 standard deviations below the mean.

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Joint Transition Matrix
• Can draw a figure like Fig. 11.3 for the A rated obligor. There is a 0.06% PD, corresponding to 3.24 standard deviations below the mean; a 5.52% probability of downgrade from A to BBB, corresponding to 1.51 std dev below the mean.
• The joint probability of both borrowers retaining their BBB and A ratings is: the probability that obligor 1’s assets fluctuate between –1.23 to +1.37 and obligor 2’s assets between –1.51 to +1.98 with a correlation coefficient=0.2. Calculated to equal 73.65%.

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Calculating Correlation Coefficients
• Estimate systematic risk of each loan – the relationship between equity returns and returns on market/industry indices.
• Estimate the correlation between each pair of market/industry indices.
• Calculate the correlation coefficient as the weighted average of the systematic risk factors x the index correlations.

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Two Loan Example of Correlation Calculation
• Estimate the systematic risk of each company by regressing the stock returns for each company on the relevant market/industry indices.
• RA = .9RCHEM + UA
• RZ = .74RINS + .15RBANK + UZ
• A,Z=(.9)(.74)CHEM,INS + (.9)(.15)CHEM,BANK
• Estimate the correlation between the indices.
• If CHEM,INS =.16 and CHEM,BANK =.08, then AZ=0.1174.

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Joint Loan Values
• Table 11.1 shows the joint migration probabilities.
• Calculate the portfolio’s value under each of the 64 possible credit migration possibilities (using methodology in Chap.6) to obtain the values in Table 11.3.
• Can draw the portfolio value distribution using the probabilities in Table 11.1 and the values in Table 11.3.

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Credit VAR Measures
• Calculate the mean using the values in Table 11.3 and the probabilities in Tab 11.1.
• Mean =
• Variance =
• Mean=\$213.63 million
• Standard deviation= \$3.35 million

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• 2.33 x \$3.35 = \$7.81 million
• Benefits of diversification. The BBB loan’s credit VAR (alone) was \$6.97million. Combining 2 loans with correlations=0.3, reduces portfolio risk considerably.

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Calculating the Credit VAR Under the Actual Distribution
• Adding up the probabilities (from Table 11.1) in the lowest valuation region in Table 11.3, the 99th percentile credit VAR using the actual (not normal) distribution is \$204.4 million.
• Unexpected Losses=\$213.63m - \$204.4m = \$9.23 million (>\$7.81m).
• If the current value of the portfolio = \$215m, then Expected Losses=\$215m - \$213.63m = \$1.37m.

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CreditMetrics with More Than 2 Loans in the Portfolio
• Cannot calculate joint transition matrices for more than 2 loans because of computational difficulties: A 5 loan portfolio has over 32,000 joint transitions.
• Instead, calculate risk of each pair of loans, as well as standalone risk of each loan.
• Use Monte Carlo simulation to obtain 20,000 (or more) possible asset values.

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Monte Carlo Simulation
• First obtain correlation matrix (for each pair of loans) using the systematic risk component of equity prices. Table 11.5
• Randomly draw a rating for each loan from that loan’s distribution (historic rating migration) using the asset correlations.
• Value the portfolio for each draw.
• Repeat 20,000 times! New algorithms reduce some of the computational requirements.
• The 99th% VAR based on the actual distribution is the 200th worst value out of the 20,000 portfolio values.

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MPT Using CreditMetrics
• Calculate each loan’s marginal risk contribution = the change in the portfolio’s standard deviation due to the addition of the asset into the portfolio.
• Table 11.6 shows the marginal risk contribution of 20 loans – quite different from standalone risk.
• Calculate the total risk of a loan using the marginal contribution to risk = Marginal standard deviation x Credit Exposure. Shown in column (5) of Table 11.6.

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Figure 11.4
• Plot total risk exposure using marginal risk contributions (column 6 of Table 11.6) against the credit exposure (column 5 of Table 11.4).
• Draw total risk isoquants using column 5 of Table 11.6.
• Find risk outliers such as asset 15 which have too much portfolio risk (\$270,000) for the loan’s size (\$3.3 million).
• This analysis is not a risk-return tradeoff. No returns.

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Default Correlations Using Reduced Form Models
• Events induce simultaneous jumps in default intensities.
• Duffie & Singleton (1998): Mean reverting correlated Poisson arrivals of randomly sized jumps in default intensities.
• Each asset’s conditional PD is a function of 4 parameters: h (intensity of default process);  (constant arrival prob.); k (mean reversion rate);  (steady state constant default intensity).
• The jumps in intensity follow an exponential distribution with mean size of jump=J.
• So: probability of survival from time t to s:

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Numerical Example
• Suppose that =.002, k=.5, =.001, J=5, h(0)=.001 (corresponds to an initial rating of AA).
• Correlations across loan default probabilities:
• Vc=common factor; V=idiosyncratic factor. As v0, corr0 As v1, corr1.
• If v=.02, V=.001, Vc=.05: the probability that loani intensity jumps given that loanj has experienced a jump is = vVc/(Vc+V) = 2%. If v= .05 (instead of .02), then the probability increases to 5%.
• Figure 11.5 shows correlated jumps in default intensities.
• Figure 11.6 shows the impact of correlations on the portfolio’s risk.

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Appendix 11.1: Valuing a Loan that Matures after the Credit Horizon – KMV PM
• Maturity=M3 in Figure 11.1. Use MTM to value loans.
• Four Step Process:
• 1. Valuation of an individual firm’s assets using random sampling of risk factors.
• 2. Loan valuation based on the EDFs implied by the firm’s asset valuation.
• 3. Aggregation of individual loan values to construct portfolio value.
• 4. Calculation of excess returns and losses for portfolio.
• Yields a single estimate for expected returns (losses) for each loan in the portfolio. Use Monte Carlo simulation (repeated 50,000 to 200,000 times) to trace out distribution

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• A0 , AH , AMvaluations. Stochastic process generating AH, AM:
• The random component = systematic portion f + firm-specific portion u. Each simulation draws another risk factor.
• Using AH andAMcan calculate EDFH and EDFM

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Step 2: Loan Valuation Using Term Structure of EDFs
• Convert EDF into QDF by removing risk-adjusted ROR.
• Also value loan as of credit horizon date H:

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Step 3: Aggregation to Construct Portfolio
• Sum the expected values VHfor all loans in the portfolio.

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Step 4: Calculation of Excess Returns/Losses
• Excess Returns on the Portfolio:
• Expected Loss on the Portfolio:
• Repeat steps 1 through 4 from 50,000 to 200,000 times.

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A Case Study: KMV PM valuation of 5 yr maturity \$1 loan paying a fixed rate of 10% p.a.
• Using Table 11.8:

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Valuing the Loan at the Credit Horizon Date =1
• Using Table 11.9:

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KMV’s Private Firm Model
• Calculate EBITDA for private firm j in industryj.
• Calculate the average equity mulitple for industryi by dividing the industry average MV of equity by the industry average EBITDA.
• Obtain an estimate of the MV of equity for firm j by multiplying the industry equity multiple by firm j’s EBITDA.
• Firm j’s assets = MV of equity + BV of debt
• Then use valuation steps as in public firm model.

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Credit Risk Plus Model 2 - Incorporating Systematic Linkages in Mean Default rates
• Mean default rate is a function of factor sensitivities to different independent sectors (industries or countries).
• Table 11.7 shows as example of 2 loans sensitive to a single factor (parameters reflect US national default rates). As credit quality declines (m gets larger), correlations get larger.

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