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Climbing Down from the Top: Single Name Dynamics in Credit Top Down Models

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  • Igor Halperin
  • Pascal Tomecek
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    In the top-down approach to multi-name credit modeling, calculation of singe name sensitivities appears possible, at least in principle, within the so-called random thinning (RT) procedure which dissects the portfolio risk into individual contributions. We make an attempt to construct a practical RT framework that enables efficient calculation of single name sensitivities in a top-down framework, and can be extended to valuation and risk management of bespoke tranches. Furthermore, we propose a dynamic extension of the RT method that enables modeling of both idiosyncratic and default-contingent individual spread dynamics within a Monte Carlo setting in a way that preserves the portfolio "top"-level dynamics. This results in a model that is not only calibrated to tranche and single name spreads, but can also be tuned to approximately match given levels of spread volatilities and correlations of names in the portfolio.

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    1. Ascheberg, Marius & Bick, Björn & Kraft, Holger, 2013. "Hedging structured credit products during the credit crisis: A horse race of 10 models," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 1687-1705.

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