Is Current Capital Regulation Based on Conservative Risk Assessment?
We criticize the popular view that separately calculating regulatory capital for market and credit risk yields a conservative aggregate risk assessment. We show that this view depends on a flawed intuition about diversification effects that arise between subportfolios. If a bank’s portfolio cannot be neatly divided into two subportfolios along the lines of market and credit risk, simply adding up the respective results may cause the true portfolio risk to be underestimated. Using the example of foreign currency loan portfolios, we show that this underestimation can be quantitatively significant.
Volume (Year): (2008)
Issue (Month): 15 ()
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