Daniel Bauer - Colloquium Speaker

Associate Professor of Risk and Insurance, Hickman-Larson Chair in Actuarial Science, Department of Risk and Insurance, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:30pm
Colloquium Title: 
An integrated approach to measuring asset and liability risks in financial institutions, with George Zanjani
Reception at 3:00 p.m. in 241 SH / Talk at 3:30 in 61 SH



Risk measurement models for financial institutions typically focus on the net portfolio position and thus ignore distinctions between 1) assets and liabilities and 2) uncollateralized and collateralized liabilities. However, these distinctions are economically important. Liability risks affect the total amount of claims on the institution, while asset risks affect the amount available for claimants. Collateralization also affects the amounts recovered by different classes of claimants. We analyze a model of a financial institution with risky assets and liabilities, with potentially varying levels of collateralization across liabilities, showing that economically correct risk capital allocation requires complete segregation of asset, uncollateralized liability, and collateralized liability risks, with different risk measures for each.