The leading knowledge platform for the financial technology industry
The leading knowledge platform for the financial technology industry

A-Team Insight Blogs

StatPro Discovers Solution to the Liquidity Risk Paradox

StatPro Group, a leading provider of portfolio analysis and asset valuation services for the global asset management industry, announces a major breakthrough in its risk measurement research.

StatPro has designed an innovative approach to measuring market liquidity risk that does not rely only on observed bid, ask and volumes. Instead, factors such as market capitalisation, the percentage of ownership of a stock and the size of an issue for a fixed income instrument are taken into account.

Liquidity risk refers to the risk of losing money when you suddenly liquidate one or more positions in your portfolio. The loss comes from selling the positions at a lower price than the one at which those positions are marked-to-market.

“While innovations in the area of market risk have been very active in recent years – for example, introducing the concept of Value at Risk – little exists on liquidity risk. The reason is that while measuring market risk you can create models that are calibrated with market data, you cannot do the same for liquidity risk,” said Dario Cintioli, Global Head of Risk of StatPro.

“In calibrating a liquidity risk model you need access to the bid, ask and volume information. Well, the problem is that this information is only available for liquid issues. Whatever model you invent, you will always lack the basic information to calibrate it for the instruments that present most of your liquidity risk. We call this the ‘liquidity risk paradox’.

StatPro’s software facilitates the selection of the appropriate liquidity risk scenario and the computation of the expected loss for liquidity risk. The view includes a breakdown of the liquidity risk loss across various components.

The user can select one scenario and build a ‘tree’ of criteria for breaking down the liquidity risk contribution at each hierarchy level, down to single asset composition. The risk manager can drill down through every component of liquidity risk, discovering how much is coming and from where, without any previous knowledge of the portfolio. This tool enables the risk manager to ‘X-ray’ the liquidity risk of the portfolio, spotting any challenging situations.

“We have solved the paradox of measuring market liquidity risk when trading volume and market price information is not available. As with all our risk analyses, liquidity risk can be run at single asset level, portfolio level, portfolio versus benchmark and as an aggregation of several portfolios. The latter option is critical to liquidity risk, as the percentage of ownership of one stock can be negligible when measured by portfolio, but can become relevant at ‘firm’ level,” concludes Cintioli.

Related content

WEBINAR

Recorded Webinar: A new way of collaborating with data

Digital transformation in the financial services sector has raised many questions around data, including the cost and volume of reference data required by each financial institution. Firms want to pick and choose the reference data they need to fulfil their requirements. Emerging solutions with the potential to decrease the cost of data and increase flexibility...

BLOG

GLEIF Moves LEI Uses Cases on from Regulatory Compliance to Digital Identity Products

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is extending use cases of the LEI beyond regulatory reporting to solutions initially including digital certificates. The first commercial demonstration of LEIs embedded within digital certificates has been made by the China Financial Certification Authority (CFCA), which has also signed up as a validation agent within the global...

EVENT

TradingTech Summit Virtual

TradingTech Summit (TTS) Virtual will look at how trading technology operations can capitalise on recent disruption and leverage technology to find efficiencies in the new normal environment. The crisis has highlighted that the future is digital and cloud based, and the ability to innovate faster and at scale has become critical. As we move into recovery and ‘business as usual’, what changes and technology innovations should the industry adopt to simplify operations and to support speed, agility and flexibility in trading operations.

GUIDE

Practical Applications of the Global LEI – Client On-Boarding and Beyond

The time for talking is over. The time for action is now. A bit melodramatic, perhaps, but given last month’s official launch of the global legal entity identifier (LEI) standard, practitioners are rolling up their sleeves and getting on with figuring out how to incorporate the new identifier into their customer and entity data infrastructures....