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Evaluating Value-at-Risk Models via Quantile Regressions

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  • Wagner P. Gaglianone
  • Luiz Renato Lima
  • Oliver Linton

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We propose an alternative backtest to evaluate the performance of Value-at-Risk (VaR) models. The presented methodology allows us to directly test the performance of many competing VaR models, as well as identify periods of an increased risk exposure based on a quantile regression model (Koenker & Xiao, 2002). Quantile regressions provide us an appropriate environment to investigate VaR models, since they can naturally be viewed as a conditional quantile function of a given return series. A Monte Carlo simulation is presented, revealing that our proposed test might exhibit more power in comparison to other backtests presented in the literature. Finally, an empirical exercise is conducted for daily S&P500 return series in order to explore the practical relevance of our methodology by evaluating five competing VaRs through four different backtests.

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  • Wagner P. Gaglianone & Luiz Renato Lima & Oliver Linton, 2008. "Evaluating Value-at-Risk Models via Quantile Regressions," Working Papers Series 161, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.
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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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