Probability, Uncertainty and Quantitative Risk

June 2021 , Volume 6 , Issue 2

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Dual representation of expectile-based expected shortfall and its properties
Mekonnen Tadese and Samuel Drapeau
2021, 6(2): 99-116 doi: 10.3934/puqr.2021005 +[Abstract](1065) +[HTML](449) +[PDF](5851.43KB)

An expectile can be considered a generalization of a quantile. While expected shortfall is a quantile-based risk measure, we study its counterpart—the expectile-based expected shortfall—where expectile takes the place of a quantile. We provide its dual representation in terms of a Bochner integral. Among other properties, we show that it is bounded from below in terms of the convex combination of expected shortfalls, and also from above by the smallest law invariant, coherent, and comonotonic risk measures, for which we give the explicit formulation of the corresponding distortion function. As a benchmark to the industry standard expected shortfall, we further provide its comparative asymptotic behavior in terms of extreme value distributions. Based on these results, we finally explicitly compute the expectile-based expected shortfall for selected classes of distributions.

An infinite-dimensional model of liquidity in financial markets
Sergey V Lototsky, Henry Schellhorn and Ran Zhao
2021, 6(2): 117-138 doi: 10.3934/puqr.2021006 +[Abstract](1068) +[HTML](697) +[PDF](631.73KB)

We consider a dynamic market model of liquidity where unmatched buy and sell limit orders are stored in order books. The resulting net demand surface constitutes the sole input to the model. We model demand using a two-parameter Brownian motion because (i) different points on the demand curve correspond to orders motivated by different information, and (ii) in general, the market price of risk equation of no-arbitrage theory has no solutions when the demand curve is driven by a finite number of factors, thus allowing for arbitrage. We prove that if the driving noise is infinite-dimensional, then there is no arbitrage in the model. Under the equivalent martingale measure, the clearing price is a martingale, and options can be priced under the no-arbitrage hypothesis. We consider several parameterizations of the model and show advantages of specifying the demand curve as a quantity that is a function of price, as opposed to price as a function of quantity. An online appendix presents a basic empirical analysis of the model: calibration using information from actual order books, computation of option prices using Monte Carlo simulations, and comparison with observed data.

Correlated squared returns
Dilip B. Madan and King Wang
2021, 6(2): 139-158 doi: 10.3934/puqr.2021007 +[Abstract](1167) +[HTML](439) +[PDF](573.82KB)

Joint densities for a sequential pair of returns with weak autocorrelation and strong correlation in squared returns are formulated. The marginal return densities are either variance gamma or bilateral gamma. Two-dimensional matching of empirical characteristic functions to its theoretical counterpart is employed for dependency parameter estimation. Estimations are reported for 3920 daily return sequences of one thousand days. Path simulation is done using conditional distribution functions. The paths display levels of squared return correlation and decay rates for the squared return autocorrelation function that are comparable to these magnitudes in daily return data. Regressions of log characteristic functions at different time points are used to estimate time scaling coefficients. Regressions of these time scaling coefficients on squared return correlations support the view that autocorrelation in squared returns slows the rate of passage of economic time. An analysis of financial markets for 2020 in comparison with 2019 displays a post-COVID slowdown in financial markets.



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