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A Dynamic Model for Credit Index Derivatives

by Louis Paulot of Sophis

November 9, 2009

Abstract: We present a new model for credit index derivatives, in the top-down approach. This model has a dynamic loss intensity process with volatility and jumps and can include counterparty risk. It handles CDS, CDO tranches, Nth-to-default and index swaptions. Using properties of affine models, we derive closed formulas for the pricing of index CDS, CDO tranches and Nth-to-default. For index swaptions, we give an exact pricing and an approximate faster method. We finally show calibration results on 2009 market data.

Keywords: Credit derivatives, CDO, Dynamic model, Affine model.

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