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Risk Concentration and Diversification: Second-Order Properties

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  • Matthias Degen
  • Dominik D. Lambrigger
  • Johan Segers

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The quantification of diversification benefits due to risk aggregation plays a prominent role in the (regulatory) capital management of large firms within the financial industry. However, the complexity of today's risk landscape makes a quantifiable reduction of risk concentration a challenging task. In the present paper we discuss some of the issues that may arise. The theory of second-order regular variation and second-order subexponentiality provides the ideal methodological framework to derive second-order approximations for the risk concentration and the diversification benefit.

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  • Matthias Degen & Dominik D. Lambrigger & Johan Segers, 2009. "Risk Concentration and Diversification: Second-Order Properties," Papers 0910.2367, arXiv.org, revised Dec 2009.
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