Stochastic Volatilities and Correlations, Extreme Values and Modeling the Macroeconomic Environment, Under Which Brazilian Banks Operate

 
Author/Editor: Barnhill, Theodore M. ; Souto, Marcos
 
Publication Date: December 01, 2007
 
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Summary: Using monthly data for a set of variables, we examine the out-of-sample performance of various variance/covariance models and find that no model has consistently outperformed the others. We also show that it is possible to increase the probability mass toward the tails and to match reasonably well the historical evolution of volatilities by changing a decay factor appropriately. Finally, we implement a simple stochastic volatility model and simulate the credit transition matrix for two large Brazilian banks and show that this methodology has the potential to improve simulated transition probabilities as compared to the constant volatility case. In particular, it can shift CTM probabilities towards lower credit risk categories.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 07/290
Subject(s): Emerging markets | Brazil | Banks | Interest rates | Credit risk

Author's Keyword(s): Forecasting | multivariate stochastic volatility | fat-tail distributions | Monte Carlo estimation
 
English
Publication Date: December 01, 2007
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2007290 Pages: 52
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