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Discrete tenor models for credit risky portfolios driven by time-inhomogeneous L\'evy processes


  • Ernst Eberlein
  • Zorana Grbac
  • Thorsten Schmidt


The goal of this paper is to specify dynamic term structure models with discrete tenor structure for credit portfolios in a top-down setting driven by time-inhomogeneous L\'evy processes. We provide a new framework, conditions for absence of arbitrage, explicit examples, an affine setup which includes contagion and pricing formulas for STCDOs and options on STCDOs. A calibration to iTraxx data with an extended Kalman filter shows an excellent fit over the full observation period. The calibration is done on a set of CDO tranche spreads ranging across six tranches and three maturities.

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  • Ernst Eberlein & Zorana Grbac & Thorsten Schmidt, 2010. "Discrete tenor models for credit risky portfolios driven by time-inhomogeneous L\'evy processes," Papers 1006.2012,, revised Apr 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1006.2012

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    1. Philippe Ehlers & Philipp Schönbucher, 2009. "Background filtrations and canonical loss processes for top-down models of portfolio credit risk," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 79-103, January.
    2. Duffie, Darrell & Singleton, Kenneth J, 1999. "Modeling Term Structures of Defaultable Bonds," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 12(4), pages 687-720.
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