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Pairing market risk with credit risk


  • Paraskevopoulos, Ioannis
  • Figuerola-Ferretti, Isabel


This paper uses an exclusive proprietary data set of European Credit Derivatives and VIX markets, covering a sample of 5 to 7 years, to study the nature of the link between credit risk and market risk, widely acknowledged in the academic literature. This allows us to establish cointegration in the VIX and iTraxx/CDS markets in a framework where arbitrageurs exploit temporary equilibrium mispricing following pairs strategies. Expected profits, defined in terms of VECM parameters, are positive for all VIX-iTraxx pairs strategies considered. Markets are integrated in that price discovery on both sides of the Atlantic reflect the same underlying information with predominant price leadership of the VIX market over the European CDS market.

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  • Paraskevopoulos, Ioannis & Figuerola-Ferretti, Isabel, 2011. "Pairing market risk with credit risk," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb110201, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
  • Handle: RePEc:cte:wbrepe:wb110201

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