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Recovering default risk from CDS spreads with a nonlinear filter

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  • Guarin, Alexander
  • Liu, Xiaoquan
  • Ng, Wing Lon

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We propose a nonlinear filter to estimate the time-varying default risk from the term structure of credit default swap (CDS) spreads. Based on the numerical solution of the Fokker–Planck equation (FPE) using a meshfree interpolation method, the filter performs a joint estimation of the risk-neutral default intensity and CIR model parameters. As the FPE can account for nonlinear functions and non-Gaussian errors, the proposed framework provides outstanding flexibility and accuracy. We test the nonlinear filter on simulated spreads and apply it to daily CDS data of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component companies from 2005 to 2010 with supportive results.

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  • Guarin, Alexander & Liu, Xiaoquan & Ng, Wing Lon, 2014. "Recovering default risk from CDS spreads with a nonlinear filter," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 87-104.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:38:y:2014:i:c:p:87-104
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2013.09.006
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    CDS spreads; Meshfree methods; Radial basis function interpolation; Fokker–Planck equation; CIR model;
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    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • C65 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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