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Credit Losses in Economic Downturns - Empirical Evidence for Hong Kong Mortgage Loans


  • Daniel Rosch

    (Leibniz University of Hannover)

  • Harald Scheule

    (University of Melbourne)


Recent studies find a positive correlation between default and loss given default rates of credit portfolios. In response, financial regulators require financial institutions to base their capital on the 'Downturn' loss rate given default which is also known as Downturn LGD. This article proposes a concept for the Downturn LGD which incorporates econometric properties of credit risk as well as the information content of default and loss given default models. The concept is compared to an alternative proposal by the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Insurance Corporation. An empirical analysis is provided for Hong Kong mortgage loan portfolios.

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  • Daniel Rosch & Harald Scheule, 2008. "Credit Losses in Economic Downturns - Empirical Evidence for Hong Kong Mortgage Loans," Working Papers 152008, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:152008

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    Basel II; Business Cycle; Capital Adequacy; Correlation; Credit Risk; Economic Downturn; Expected Loss; Fixed Income; Loss Given Default; Probability of Default; Value-at-Risk;

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    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation

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