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Fast Simulation of Multifactor Portfolio Credit Risk

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Fast Simulation of Multifactor Portfolio Credit Risk
This paper develops rare event simulation methods for the estimation of portfolio credit risk -- the risk of losses to a portfolio resulting from defaults of assets in the portfolio. Portfolio credit risk is measured through probabilities of large losses, which are typically due to defaults of many obligors (sources of credit risk) to which a portfolio is exposed. An essential element of a portfolio view of credit risk is a model of dependence between these sources of credit risk: large losses occur rarely and are most likely to result from systematic risk factors that affect multiple obligors. As a consequence, estimating portfolio credit risk poses a challenge both because of the rare-event property of large losses and the dependence between defaults. To address this problem, we develop an importance sampling technique within the widely used Gaussian copula model of dependence. We focus on difficulties arising in multifactor models -- that is, models in which multiple factors may be...
Paul Glasserman, Wanmo Kang, Perwez Shahabuddin
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where IOR
Authors Paul Glasserman, Wanmo Kang, Perwez Shahabuddin
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