Default Probability Prediction with Static Merton-D-Vine Copula Model
AbstractWe apply standard Merton and enhanced Merton-D-Vine copula model for the measurement of credit risk on the basis of accounting and stock market data for 4 companies from Prague Stock Exchange, in the midterm horizon of 4 years. Basic Merton structural credit model is based on assumption that firm equity is European option on company assets. Consequently enhanced Merton model take in account market data, dependence between daily returns and its volatility and helps to evaluate and project the credit quality of selected companies, i.e. correlation between assets trajectories through copulas. From our and previous results it is obvious that basic Merton model significantly underestimates actual level, i.e. offers low probabilities of default. Enhanced model support us with higher simulated probability rates which mean that capturing of market risk and transferring it to credit risk estimates is probably a good way or basic step in enhancing Merton methodology.
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