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Quantile Forecasting for Credit Risk Management using possibly Mis-specified Hidden Markov Models

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  • Konrad Banachewicz

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    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • André Lucas

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    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Recent models for credit risk management make use of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs). The HMMs are used to forecast quantiles of corporate default rates. Little research has been done on the quality of such forecasts if the underlying HMM is potentially mis-specified. In this paper, we focus on mis-specification in the dynamics and the dimension of the HMM. We consider both discrete and continuous state HMMs. The differences are substantial. Underestimating the number of discrete states has an economically significant impact on forecast quality. Generally speaking, discrete models underestimate the high-quantile default rate forecasts. Continuous state HMMs, however, vastly overestimate high quantiles if the true HMM has a discrete state space. In the reverse setting, the biases are much smaller, though still substantial in economic terms. We illustrate the empirical differences using U.S. default data.

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Date of creation: 13 Jun 2007
Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20070046
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