Credit risk is the most important type of risk in terms of monetary value. Another key risk measure is market risk, which is concerned with stocks and bonds, and related financial derivatives, as well as exchange rates and interest rates. This paper is concerned with market risk management and monitoring under the Basel II Accord, and presents Ten Commandments for optimizing Value-at-Risk (VaR) and daily capital charges, based on choosing wisely from: (1) conditional, stochastic and realized volatility; (2) symmetry, asymmetry and leverage; (3) dynamic correlations and dynamic covariances; (4) single index and portfolio models; (5) parametric, semiparametric and nonparametric models; (6) estimation, simulation and calibration of parameters; (7) assumptions, regularity conditions and statistical properties; (8) accuracy in calculating moments and forecasts; (9) optimizing threshold violations and economic benefits; and (10) optimizing private and public benefits of risk management. For practical purposes, it is found that the Basel II Accord would seem to encourage excessive risk taking at the expense of providing accurate measures and forecasts of risk and VaR.

dail, excessive risk taking, market risk, risk management, value-at-risk, violations, y capital charges
Forecasting and Other Model Applications (jel C53), Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions (jel G11), Financial Forecasting (jel G17), Financing Policy; Capital and Ownership Structure (jel G32)
Erasmus School of Economics
hdl.handle.net/1765/13910
Econometric Institute Research Papers
Report / Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Economics

McAleer, M.J. (2008). The ten commandments for optimizing value-at-risk and daily capital charges (No. EI 2008-32). Report / Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam (pp. 1–39). Erasmus School of Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/13910