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A multilevel factor approach for the analysis of CDS commonality and risk contribution

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We introduce a novel multilevel factor model that allows for the presence of global and pervasive factors, local factors and semi-pervasive factors, and that captures common features across subsets of the variables of interest. We develop a model estimation procedure and provide a simulation experiment addressing the consistency of our proposal. We complete the analyses by showing how our multilevel model might explain on the commonality across CDS premiums at the global level. In this respect, we cluster countries by either the Debt/GDP ratio or by sovereign ratings. We show that multilevel models are easier to interpret compared with factor models based on principal component analysis. Finally, we experiment how the multilevel model might allow the recovery of the risk contribution due to the latent factors within a basket of country CDS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101144
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

    Research areas

  • CDS risk factors, Multilevel factor models, Risk contribution

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