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Tail Risk in a Retail Payments System

Sabetti Leonard (), David Jacho-Chávez (), Robert Petrunia () and Marcel Voia
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Sabetti Leonard: Payments Canada, 350 Albert St #800, Ottawa, ON K1R 1A4

Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), 2018, vol. 238, issue 3-4, 353-369

Abstract: In this paper, we study a credit risk (collateral) management scheme for the Canadian retail payment system designed to cover the exposure of a defaulting member. We estimate ex ante the size of a collateral pool large enough to cover exposure for a historical worst-case default scenario. The parameters of the distribution of the maxima are estimated using two main statistical approaches based on extreme value models: Block-Maxima for different window lengths (daily, weekly and monthly) and Peak-over-Threshold. Our statistical model implies that the largest daily net debit position across participants exceeds roughly $1.5 billion once a year. Despite relying on extreme-value theory, the out of sample forecasts may still underestimate an actual exposure given the absence of observed data on defaults and financial stress in Canada. Our results are informative for optimal collateral management and system design of pre-funded retail-payment schemes.

Keywords: Big Data; credit risk; extreme value models; bias correction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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