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Moody's correlated binomial default distributions for inhomogeneous portfolios

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  • S. Mori
  • K. Kitsukawa
  • M. Hisakado
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    This paper generalizes Moody's correlated binomial default distribution for homogeneous (exchangeable) credit portfolios, which was introduced by Witt, to the case of inhomogeneous portfolios. We consider two cases of inhomogeneous portfolios. In the first case, we treat a portfolio whose assets have uniform default correlation and non-uniform default probabilities. We obtain the default probability distribution and study the effect of inhomogeneity. The second case corresponds to a portfolio with inhomogeneous default correlation. Assets are categorized into several different sectors and the inter-sector and intra-sector correlations are not the same. We construct the joint default probabilities and obtain the default probability distribution. We show that as the number of assets in each sector decreases, inter-sector correlation becomes more important than intra-sector correlation. We study the maximum values of the inter-sector default correlation. Our generalization method can be applied to any correlated binomial default distribution model that has explicit relations to the conditional default probabilities or conditional default correlations, e.g. Credit Risk+, implied default distributions. We also compare some popular CDO pricing models from the viewpoint of the range of the implied tranche correlation.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Quantitative Finance.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 391-405

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    Keywords: Financial engineering; Econophysics; Statistical physics; Pricing of derivatives securities; Probability processes;

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