[R-SIG-Finance] [R-sig-finance] VaR

Enrico Schumann enricoschumann at yahoo.de
Wed Mar 4 12:56:07 CET 2009

sorry, i did not follow this thread closely, so maybe i repeat something
that has already been said.

to quote david: "In the case of equities or anything with a reasonable
distribution this type of thing is unlikely to happen."  theoretically,
"reasonable" is elliptical distributions, for which var actually is a
coherent risk measure. a very readable paper describing this can be found
here http://www.math.ethz.ch/~strauman/light/risk.pdf


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A very simple (if somewhat artificial) example.  Suppose you have an option
which pays off zero 96% of the time and -10 4% of the time.  The 95% VaR is
zero (obviously).  Now suppose you have another similar option on an
uncorrelated event, the VaR of this is also zero.  Now combine them
together.  There is a 92.2% probability of getting zero, 0.2% of getting -20
and 7.6% of getting -10. Hence the VaR of the combined portfolio is -10.  

In the case of equities or anything with a reasonable distribution this type
of thing is unlikely to happen. 



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Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 03:20:55 -0800 (PST)
From: Bogaso <bogaso.christofer at gmail.com>
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I frequently hear Value at risk i.e. VaR is not a coherent risk measure
because, sum of VaR for two individual assets may be LOWER than VaR of
portfolio consists of that two aseets i.e. VaR may not be sub-additive.
However when I calculate VaR for general assets like Equity, commodity etc,
I see that VaR is actually sub-addtive i.e. portfolio VaR is always less
than sum of individuals, which is reported as "diversification benefit".
anyone give me a particular example why VaR is not sub-additive?

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