Quantifi & Intel
WBS Quantitative Finance Conference
by Quantifi & Intel
Quantifi has been named Best Sell-Side Credit Risk Product at the WatersTechnology 2020 Sell-Side Technology Awards. These awards recognise market-leading technologies developed specifically for sell-side firms. Whilst credit risk has always been of primary concern for banks, its importance became paramount during the credit crisis. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has again highlighted the importance of accurate valuation and robust management of credit risk. read more
In this article, Dmitry Pugachevsky, Director of Research, analyses the results of this survey and discusses whether banks are ready for counterparty risk elements of Basel lll. Basel III significantly changes the way in which financial institutions address counterparty credit risk (CCR) and credit value adjustment (CVA). Enhancing counterparty credit risk management practices is a key focus for banks. This is in response to changes in accounting rules and new prudential and market regulations, which have tightened substantially following the financial crisis. Collectively, these changes are having a deep impact on the market and the way banks price and manage the risk associated with derivatives.
The global financial crisis brought counterparty credit risk and credit value adjustment (CVA) very much into the spotlight. The Basel III proposals first published in December 2009 introduced changes to the Basel II rules including a new capital charge against the volatility of CVA. As the Basel committee noted, two thirds of the counterparty risk related losses during the credit crisis were actually from CVA volatility rather than defaults. Not surprisingly then, the new CVA ‘VaR capital charge is quite punitive and worthy of focus.
In this article, David Kelly, Director of Credit Products at Quantifi, discusses how the credit crisis and regulatory responses have forced banks to update their counterparty risk management processes substantially. New regulations in the form of Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. and European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) have dramatically increased capital requirements for counterparty credit risk. CVA desks have been developed in response to crisis-driven regulations for improved counterparty risk management. How do these centralized groups differ from traditional approaches to manage counterparty risk, and what types of data and analytical challenges do they face?
Quantifi explores the key challenges for banks in the implementation of counterparty risk management, focusing on data, technology and operational issues in the context of current trends and best practices.
Most banks are in the process of setting up counterparty risk management processes or improving existing ones. Unlike market risk, which can be effectively managed by individual trading desks or traders, counterparty risk is increasingly being priced and managed by a central credit value adjustments (CVA) desk or risk control group since the exposure tends to span multiple asset classes and business lines. Moreover, aggregated counterparty exposure may be significantly impacted by collateral and cross-product netting agreements.
Credit-linked notes can't be said to have risk-free collateral any more. In this article Dmitry Pugachevsky, Director of Research, Quantifi, suggests pricing them using techniques developed for bank counterparty risk.
One of the challenges in investing in credit linked notes (CLN) is the shortage of high quality debt for funding. This article explores a new type of trade - CLNs with risky collateral. It highlights that by taking into account all possible risk, including uncertainty of market value at early redemption, one can calculate values and sensitivities of such products, and trade them consistently as traditional CLNs.