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Capital Allocation to Business Units and Sub-Portfolios: the Euler Principle

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  • Dirk Tasche

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Despite the fact that the Euler allocation principle has been adopted by many financial institutions for their internal capital allocation process, a comprehensive description of Euler allocation seems still to be missing. We try to fill this gap by presenting the theoretical background as well as practical aspects. In particular, we discuss how Euler risk contributions can be estimated for some important risk measures. We furthermore investigate the analysis of CDO tranche expected losses by means of Euler's theorem and suggest an approach to measure the impact of risk factors on non-linear portfolios.

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  • Dirk Tasche, 2007. "Capital Allocation to Business Units and Sub-Portfolios: the Euler Principle," Papers 0708.2542, arXiv.org, revised Jun 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0708.2542
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