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1 Credit Risk

2 Credit risk Risk of financial loss owing to counterparty failure to perform its contractual obligations. For financial institutions credit risk is far more important than market risk.

3 Sources of risk 1. Default risk: risk of default by the counterparty. Measured by the probability of default 2. Credit exposure risk: risk of fluctuations in the market value of the claim on the counterparty. At default, known as exposure at default.

4 Sources of risk 3. Recovery risk. Uncertainty in the fraction of the claim recovered after default. This is 1 minus the loss given at default.

5 Credit risk vs. Market risk 1. Credit risk deals with the combined effect of market risk, default and recovery risk. Market risk appears through movements in credit exposures 2. Credit risk applies to each counterparty Market risk applies to levels of the trading organization such as business units, trading desks or portfolios

6 Credit risk vs. Market risk 3. Time horizon is shorter for market risk while longer for credit risk. 4. Legal issues are important for evaluating credit risk (like bankruptcy law) while not applicable to market risk.

7 Credit risk as short option Creates an asymmetric risk profile. When the bond or loan is fully paid, the upside is small. At worst, default wipes the asset, downside is large.

8 Credit risk as short option When the exposure is stochastic, credit risk is complex. 1. Credit exposure: There should be a net claim against counterparty 2. Counterparty must default

9 Credit risk as short option Credit risk when applied to only bonds and loans, exposure is the face value of the investment. Derivatives can have either a positive value ( a net asset to the solvent party) or negative value (a liability of the solvent party) Credit exposure exists only when the contract is in the money

10 Credit risk as short option Consider a credit risk of a forward contract on a foreign currency. Credit exposure is the positive value of the contract, depends on the exchange rate movements.

11 Credit risk as short option Loss t = max (V 0,0) V 0 = is the current or the replacement value of the asset to the solvent party No recovery in case of default

12 Credit risk as short option Asymmetric treatment stems from the fact that if the counterparty defaults while the contract has negative value, the solvent party is not free to walk away In contrast, a loss may occur if the defaulting party goes bankrupt, payment will be only a fraction of the funds owed.

13 Portfolio effects Traditionally viewed transaction by transaction For example, consider a long yen forward and a short yen forward Loss in long contract, when yen appreciates Loss in short contract, when yen depreciates

14 Portfolio effects In traditional approach, potential default losses in two positions added up But, events are mutually exclusive Portfolio approach: Takes into account interactions between market movements Assuming equal probability, it is only half of previous measure

15 Components of credit risk

16 Default and Recovery risk Default risk: Risk that counterparty will default on its obligation, b i b i = 1, in case of default b i = 0, no default Expectation of the variable is the probability of default.

17 Default probabilities Actuarial models Credit ratings

18 Actuarial models Forecast objective default probabilities by analysing factors associated with historical default rates Example z-score by Altman

19 Credit ratings Adopted by credit rating agencies Classify issuers by credit ratings

20 Survival rate

21 Recovery risk Loss given default Represents the fraction of the exposure lost on default 1 minus the fractional recovery rate

22 Recovery risk Depends on 1. priority of debt As the seniority decreases, the recovery rate decreases 2. industry with tangibles or intangible assets 3. Legal environment

23 Market based models Credit risk can also be assessed from the price of traded assets whose value is affected by default Like bonds, credit default swaps and equities Prices incorporate expectations of traders about potential losses owing to default

24 Market based models Payoff on a credit sensitive bond depends on the state of default y* is yield on credit risky bond y is yield on identical risk-free bond π is the cumulative default rate from now to maturity T f is the probability density function of recovery rate

25 Market based models

26 This is a risk neutral probability Risk premium to be included in case of 1. Credit sensitive debt carries some systematic risk, if economy is bad? 2. Liquidity effects 3. Tax effects

27 Structural models Value of the firm = value of debt + value of equity Debt has to be repaid at a fixed price in future If the firm has insufficient funds to repay, firm is in default Stock price becomes zero

28 Structural models Merton (1974) Equity is a call option on the assets of the firm Exercise price is the face value of debt Current stock price embodies a forecast of default probability in the same way that an option embodies a forecast of being exercised

29 Default comovements We cannot observe occurrences of historical defaults on existing companies (that are not bankrupt) For investment-grade firms, defaults are scarce

30 Causative models Take observable financial variables as input data and generate default probabilities and correlations Models start with a latent, or unobserved, variable, which is the market value V of the companys assets and modeled via simulations Default process is modeled by choosing a cut- off point below which the company goes into default

31 Causative models Mapping this variable on a set of common factors then creates co-movements in asset values, which generates co-movements in defaults.

32 Credit exposure Replacement value of the asset, if positive, on the target date Derived from exposure profile Credit exposure t = max (V 0 +ΔV t,0) V 0 = Current replacement value ΔV t = increase in value to time t This market price and hence random variable

33 Bonds versus Derivatives In case of risky debt, credit exposure at expiration is the principal Before expiration, exposure varies if the market value fluctuates, but generally close to principal

34 Bonds versus Derivatives Exposure represents positive value of contract, which is much less than the notional amount Consider a fixed to floating interest rate swap No exchange of principal at initiation or expiration Payments are netted and represent a small proportion of principal

35 Bonds versus Derivatives Exposure is the difference between the fixed rate and the prevailing market rates At maturity, this risk is zero as there are no coupons to be paid In case of currency swap: Exposure increases steadily with the passage of time

36 Bonds versus Derivatives Exchange rate risk applies to coupons and the principal

37 Expected and worst exposure

38 Expected credit exposure For a bond or a loan, changes in the market value are small relative to the principal, that is ECE=0

39 Netting arrangements

40 Measuring credit risk

41 Pricing credit risk For pricing purposes, the distribution of expected credit losses over the entire life of the asset has to be computed

42 Portfolio credit risk Once information on exposures, default probabilities, and recovery rates for all the assets in the portfolio, the distribution of losses owing to credit risk at the selected horizon can be computed.

43 Managing credit risk Portfolio management trades off expected profit against risk 1. Measure the expected net profit on each position, taking into account the pricing of the instrument and expected credit losses 2. Compare these expected net profits with the marginal or incremental contribution to risk Choose the best risk-return profile

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