Estimating hedged portfolio value-at-risk using the conditional copula: an illustration of model risk

Chen, Y.-H. and Tu, A. H. (2013) Estimating hedged portfolio value-at-risk using the conditional copula: an illustration of model risk. International Review of Economics and Finance, 27, pp. 514-528. (doi: 10.1016/j.iref.2013.01.006)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


The conventional portfolio value-at-risk model with the assumption of normal joint distribution, which is commonly practiced, exhibits considerable biases due to model specification errors. This paper utilizes the estimation of hedged portfolio value-at-risk (HPVaR) to illustrate the potential model risk due to inappropriate use of the correlation coefficient and normal joint distribution between index spot and futures returns. The results show that HPVaR estimation can be improved by using the conditional copulas and their mixture models to form joint distributions to calculate the optimal hedge ratio. Backtesting diagnostics indicate that the copula-based HPVaR outperforms the conventional HPVaR estimator at both the 99% and the 95% coverage rates. The conventional models obviously underestimate the HPVaR, especially under a 99% coverage rate. We then employ a bootstrap resampling technique to quantify and compare the magnitude of model risk by constructing confidence intervals around HPVaR point estimates. The results suggest that the risk management models should apply a smaller nominal coverage rate (95% instead of 99%) to avoid the model risk mentioned above.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chen, Professor Cathy Yi-Hsuan
Authors: Chen, Y.-H., and Tu, A. H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:International Review of Economics and Finance
ISSN (Online):1873-8036
Published Online:30 January 2013

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record