Estimation of risk contributions with MCMC

Takaaki Koike, Mihoko Minami

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Determining risk contributions of unit exposures to portfolio-wide economic capital is an important task in financial risk management. Computing risk contributions involves difficulties caused by rare-event simulations. In this study, we address the problem of estimating risk contributions when the total risk is measured by value-at-risk (VaR). Our proposed estimator of VaR contributions is based on the Metropolis-Hasting (MH) algorithm, which is one of the most prevalent Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. Unlike existing estimators, our MH-based estimator consists of samples from the conditional loss distribution given a rare event of interest. This feature enhances sample efficiency compared with the crude Monte Carlo method. Moreover, our method has consistency and asymptotic normality, and is widely applicable to various risk models having a joint loss density. Our numerical experiments based on simulation and real-world data demonstrate that in various risk models, even those having high-dimensional (≈500) inhomogeneous margins, our MH estimator has smaller bias and mean squared error when compared with existing estimators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1579-1597
Number of pages19
JournalQuantitative Finance
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Copulas
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo
  • Metropolis-Hastings algorithm
  • Risk allocation
  • Risk contributions
  • VaR contributions
  • Value-at-risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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