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Hunting down the Black Swan: Correlation, Contagion & Endogenous Risk in Financial Markets
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Prices, volatilities and correlation parameters often exhibit erratic behaviour and extreme fluctuations during market crises. The traditional approach has been to either model these occurrences as “extreme” events or statistical outliers, or entirely dismiss them as ‘black swans’, impossible to model quantitatively. We argue that many such ‘black swans’ are in fact manifestations of endogenous market instabilities that arise as a result of feedback effects between price behaviour and the resulting supply/demand dynamics generated by market participants. We propose some simple models which allow quantitative modelling of such endogenous risks and present some applications to the Quant Crash of August 2007 and the Great Deleveraging following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Rama Cont is Professor of Mathematics and Chair in Mathematical Finance at Imperial College London. The seminar is sponsored by Cantab Capital Partners.
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This talk is part of the Finance - Centre for Financial Research series.
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