Bottom-Up Default Analysis of Corporate Solvency Risk : An Application to Latin America

Author/Editor:

Jorge A. Chan-Lau ; Cheng Hoon Lim ; Jose Daniel Rodríguez-Delgado ; Bennett W Sutton ; Melesse Tashu

Publication Date:

June 8, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper suggests a novel approach to assess corporate sector solvency risk. The approach uses a Bottom-Up Default Analysis that projects probabilities of default of individual firms conditional on macroeconomic conditions and financial risk factors. This allows a direct macro-financial link to assessing corporate performance and facilitates what-if scenarios. When extended with credit portfolio techniques, the approach can also assess the aggregate impact of changes in firm solvency risk on creditor banks’ capital buffers under different macroeconomic scenarios. As an illustration, we apply this approach to the corporate sector of the five largest economies in Latin America.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/133

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 8, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484302811/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017133

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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