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Comparison of Methods for Estimating the Uncertainty of Value at Risk

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  • Santiago Gamba Santamaría

    (Universidad Javeriana)

  • Oscar Fernando Jaulín Méndez

    (Banco de la República de Colombia)

  • Luis Fernando Melo Velandia

    (Banco de la República de Colombia)

  • Carlos Andrés Quicazán Moreno

    (Banco de la República de Colombia)

Abstract

Value at Risk (VaR) is a market risk measure widely used by risk managers and market regulatory authorities. There is a variety of methodologies proposed in the literature for the estimation of VaR. However, few of them get to say something about its distribution or its confidence intervals. This paper compares different methodologies for computing such intervals. Several methods, based on asymptotic normality, extreme value theory and subsample bootstrap, are used. Using Monte Carlo simulations, it is found that these approaches are only valid for high quantiles. In particular, there is a good performance for VaR (99%), in terms of coverage rates, and bad performance for VaR (95%) and VaR (90%). The results are confirmed by an empirical application for the stock market index returns of G7 countries.

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  • Santiago Gamba Santamaría & Oscar Fernando Jaulín Méndez & Luis Fernando Melo Velandia & Carlos Andrés Quicazán Moreno, 2016. "Comparison of Methods for Estimating the Uncertainty of Value at Risk," Borradores de Economia 927, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdr:borrec:927
    DOI: 10.32468/be.927
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    Keywords

    Value at Risk; confidence intervals; data tilting; subsample bootstrap.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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