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Correlations and Business Cycles of Credit Risk: Evidence from Bankruptcies in Germany


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  • Rösch, Daniel
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    A major topic in empirical finance is correlation of default risk. Correlations are the main drivers for credit risk on a portfolio basis and for banks� capital requirements under the New Basel Accord. However, empirical evidence on the magnitude of correlations is rather scarce, mainly due to data limitations. Using a large database of bankruptcies in Germany we estimate correlations using a simple version of the Basel II factor model. Then we extend the model to an approach with observable risk factors and suggest that this model with default probabilities depending on the state of the economy may be more adequate. Empirical evidence on proxies for the credit cycles is presented for German industry sectors. We find that much of the co-movements can be explained by our variables. Finally, we discuss some implications for forecasts of distributions of potential future defaults of a bank�s portfolio. Ein wichtiges Gebiet im Bereich der empirischen Finanzwirtschaft stellen Korrelationen von Kreditausfällen dar. Sowohl in Kreditportfoliomodellen als auch für die Eigenkapitalanforderungen von Banken im Neuen Basler Akkord sind sie die Haupttreiber von Kreditrisiken. Allerdings sind empirische Ergebnisse über die Größenordnungen von Korrelationen hauptsächlich aufgrund unzureichender Datenlage bislang äußerst selten zu finden. Der vorliegende Beitrag schätzt zunächst mit Hilfe einer einfachen statischen Version des Basel II Faktormodells Ausfallwahrscheinlichkeiten und Korrelationen anhand einer großen Datenbank deutscher Unternehmen. Das einfache Modell wird anschließend um beobachtbare makroökonomische Risikofaktoren erweitert und die Ausfallwahrscheinlichkeiten werden in Abhängigkeit des aktuellen Stands der Konjunktur modelliert. Es stellt sich heraus, dass ein großer Teil der im einfachen Modell vorhandenen Korrelationen durch die Risikofaktoren erklärt werden kann. Schließlich werden für die jeweiligen Modelle Implikationen für Verlustprognosen von Bankenportfolien aufgezeigt.

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    Paper provided by University of Regensburg, Department of Economics in its series University of Regensburg Working Papers in Business, Economics and Management Information Systems with number 380.

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    Date of creation: 2003
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    Keywords: Kreditrisiko; ; Credit risk dependencies ; credit risk models;

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    1. Gürtler, Marc & Heithecker, Dirk, 2005. "Multi-period defaults and maturity effects on economic capital in a ratings-based default-mode model," Working Papers FW19V2, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Finance.
    2. Feng, D. & Gourieroux, C. & Jasiak, J., 2008. "The ordered qualitative model for credit rating transitions," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 111-130, January.
    3. Arnildo Da Silva Correa & Jaqueline Terra Moura Marins & Myrian Beatriz Eiras Das Neves & Antonio Carlos Magalhes Da Silva, 2014. "Credit Default And Business Cycles: Anempirical Investigation Of Brazilian Retail Loans," Anais do XL Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 40th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 028, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
    4. Bonfim, Diana, 2009. "Credit risk drivers: Evaluating the contribution of firm level information and of macroeconomic dynamics," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 281-299, February.
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    7. Lutz Hahnenstein, 2004. "Calibrating the CreditMetrics™ correlation concept — Empirical evidence from Germany," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer, vol. 18(4), pages 358-381, December.
    8. Aisyah Rahman, 2010. "Financing structure and insolvency risk exposure of Islamic banks," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer, vol. 24(4), pages 419-440, December.
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