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Systematic Credit Risk: CDX Index Correlation and Extreme Dependence


  • Sofiane Aboura

    () (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - Université Paris Dauphine-PSL - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


Dependence is an important issue in credit risk portfolio modeling and pricing. We discuss a straightforward common factor model of credit risk dependence, which is motivated by intensity models such as Duffie andSingleton (1998), among others. In the empirical analysis, we study dependence under the risk-neutral measure using credit default swap (CDS) spread data of liquid large-cap U.S. obligors. The proxy for the commonfactor is the DJ CDX.NA.IG index. We document that (i) the CDX factor is significant but has low explanatory power, (ii) factor sensitivities show distinct time-varying nature and that (iii) systematic credit risk showsasymmetric extreme factor dependence, where extreme dependence is present for upward CDX movements only. This finding from an EVT-copula approach is what is predicted by various intensity models of joint defaults.

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  • Sofiane Aboura, 2008. "Systematic Credit Risk: CDX Index Correlation and Extreme Dependence," Post-Print halshs-00172513, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00172513
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