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Default Risk in Bond and Credit Derivatives Markets

Benkert, Christoph

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2004, IX, 135 p. 2 illus.

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Due to the scarcity of reliable data, the existing literature on default risk still displays an imbalance between theoretical and empirical contributions. Consequently, the focus of this book is on empirical work. Within an intensity based modelling framework a broad range of promising specifications is tested using corporate bond data. The book provides one of the most comprehensive empirical studies in the field, from Kalman filtration of affine term structure models to the use of Efficient Method of Moments estimation of dynamic term structure models in a default risky context. Filling another gap in empirical research, the book devotes special attention to the identification factors that can explain credit default swap premia.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Affine Term Structure Models - Credit Derivatives - Credit Risk - Default Risk - Efficient Method of Moments - modeling

Related subjects » Econometrics / Statistics - Finance & Banking - Financial Economics - Quantitative Finance

Table of contents 

1 Introduction.- 2 On the Economic Content of Models of Default Risk.- 2.1 Introduction.- 2.2 A Criterion for Economic Interpret ability.- 2.3 Models of Default Risk.- 2.3.1 Reduced-Form Models.- 2.3.2 Firm Value Models.- 2.3.3 Hybrid Approaches.- 2.4 Interpret ability of Firm Value Models.- 2.5 Conclusion.- 3 Intensity-Based Modeling of Default.- 3.1 Introduction.- 3.2 Default Arrival and the Default Event.- 3.3 The Hazard Rate.- 3.4 Loss Given Default.- 3.4.1 Nature of the Recovery Process.- 3.4.2 Recovery Regime.- 3.5 Defaultable Bond Prices.- 3.6 Implications for the Empirical Studies.- 3.7 Affine Term Structure Models in the Context of Default Risk.- 3.7.1 Model Description.- 3.7.2 Complet ely Affine Models with Independent Factors.- 3.7.3 Incorporating Correlation between Risk-Free and Risky Rates.- 3.7.4 Maximal Models: Essentially Affine Specifications.- 3.8 Summary and Outlook.- 4 The Empirical Performance of Reduced-Form Models of Default Risk.- 4.1 Preliminaries.- 4.1.1 Data Description.- 4.1.2 Defaultable Term Structure Estimation.- 4.1.3 Risk-Free Term Structure Estimation.- 4.1.4 Discussion of Data Quality.- 4.2 Estimation of Complet ely Affine Term Structure Models for Defaultable Rates.- 4.2.1 Estimation Technique.- 4.2.1.1 State-Space Representation.- 4.2.1.2 State-Sp ace Specification.- 4.2.1.3 Kalman Filter Mechanism.- 4.2.2 Implementation.- 4.2.3 Results.- 4.2.3.1 Preferred Models.- 4.2.3.2 In- and Out-of-Sample Fit.- 4.2.3.3 Paramet er Estimates.- 4.3 Estimation of Complet ely Affine Term Structure Models for Spreads.- 4.3.1 Implementation.- 4.3.2 Results.- 4.3.2.1 Preferred Models.- 4.3.2.2 In- and Out-of-Sample Fit.- 4.3.2.3 Parameter Estimates.- 4.4 In corporating Correlation.- 4.4.1 Implementation.- 4.4.2 Results.- 4.4.2.1 In- and Out-of-Sample Fit.- 4.4.2.2 Parameter Estimates.- 4.5 Estimation of Essentially Affine Term Structure Models for Defaultable Rates.- 4.5.1 Estimation Technique: Efficient Method of Moments.- 4.5.2 Implementation.- 4.5.3 Results.- 4.5.3.1 Auxiliary Model.- 4.5.3.2 Structural Model.- 4.6 Summary.- 5 Explaining Credit Default Swap Premia.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 Modeling Idea.- 5.3 Data.- 5.4 Estimation and Results.- 5.5 Robustness Checks.- 5.6 Conclusion.- 6 Conclusion.- A Calculation of Volatility Proxies.- B Tables for Chapter 4.- C Tables for Chapter 5.- References.

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