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The Correlation Problem in Operational Risk


  • Frachot, Antoine
  • Roncalli, Thierry
  • Salomon, Eric


This paper demonstrates that aggregate losses are necessarily low as long as we remain under the standard assumptions of LDA models. Moreover empirical findings show that the correlation between two aggregate losses is typically below 5%, which opens a wide scope for large diversification effects, much larger than those the Basel Committee seems to have in mind. In other words, summing up capital charges is in substantial contradiction with the type of correlation consistent with the standard LDA model.

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  • Frachot, Antoine & Roncalli, Thierry & Salomon, Eric, 2004. "The Correlation Problem in Operational Risk," MPRA Paper 38052, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38052

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    1. Gabriela ANGHELACHE & Ana-Cornelia OLTEANU (PUIU) & Alina-Nicoleta RADU, 2010. "Operational Risk Measurement," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(1), pages 215-223.
    2. Albrecht, Peter & Schwake, Edmund & Winter, Peter, 2007. "Quantifizierung operationeller Risiken: Der Loss Distribution Approach," German Risk and Insurance Review (GRIR), University of Cologne, Department of Risk Management and Insurance, vol. 3(1), pages 1-45.
    3. Franco-Arbeláez, Luis Ceferino & Franco-Ceballos, Luis Eduardo & Murillo-Gómez, Juan Guillermo & Venegas-Martínez, Francisco, 2015. "Riesgo operativo en el sector salud en Colombia
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    4. Hans Buhlmann & Pavel V. Shevchenko & Mario V. Wuthrich, 2009. "A "Toy" Model for Operational Risk Quantification using Credibility Theory," Papers 0904.1772,
    5. Venegas-Martínez, Francisco & Franco-Arbeláez, Luis Ceferino & Franco-Ceballos, Luis Eduardo & Murillo-Gómez, Juan Guillermo, 2015. "Riesgo operativo en el sector salud en Colombia: 2013," eseconomía, Escuela Superior de Economía, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, vol. 0(43), pages 7-36, segundo s.
    6. Chapelle, Ariane & Crama, Yves & Hübner, Georges & Peters, Jean-Philippe, 2008. "Practical methods for measuring and managing operational risk in the financial sector: A clinical study," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1049-1061, June.
    7. Lu, Zhaoyang, 2011. "Modeling the yearly Value-at-Risk for operational risk in Chinese commercial banks," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 82(4), pages 604-616.
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    9. Chavez-Demoulin, V. & Embrechts, P. & Neslehova, J., 2006. "Quantitative models for operational risk: Extremes, dependence and aggregation," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(10), pages 2635-2658, October.
    10. Pavel V. Shevchenko, 2009. "Implementing Loss Distribution Approach for Operational Risk," Papers 0904.1805,, revised Jul 2009.
    11. Brechmann, Eike & Czado, Claudia & Paterlini, Sandra, 2014. "Flexible dependence modeling of operational risk losses and its impact on total capital requirements," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 271-285.
    12. Gareth W. Peters & Pavel V. Shevchenko & Mario V. Wuthrich, 2009. "Dynamic operational risk: modeling dependence and combining different sources of information," Papers 0904.4074,, revised Jul 2009.

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    operational risk; LDA model; severity correlation; frequency correlation; aggregate loss correlation;

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    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics


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