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Long-term Value at Risk

Blake, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-2453-2090, Cairns, A. & Dowd, K. (2004). Long-term Value at Risk. Journal of Risk Finance, 5(2), pp. 52-57. doi: 10.1108/eb022986


One of the most significant recent developments in the risk measurement and management area has been the emergence of value at risk (VaR). The VaR of a portfolio is the maximum loss that the portfolio will suffer over a defined time horizon, at a specified level of probability known as the VaR confidence level. The VaR has proven to be a very useful measure of market risk, and is widely used in the securities and derivatives sectors: a good example is the RiskMetrics system developed by J.P. Morgan. VaR measures based on systems such as RiskMetrics' sister, CreditMetrics, have also shown their worth as measures of credit risk, and for dealing with credit‐related derivatives. In addition, VaR can be used to measure cashflow risks and even operational risks. However, these areas are mainly concerned with risks over a relatively short time horizon, and VaR has had a more limited impact so far on the insurance and pensions literatures that are mainly concerned with longer‐term risks.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This AAM is provided for your own personal use only. It may not be used for resale, reprinting, systematic distribution, emailing, or for any other commercial purpose without the permission of the publisher.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
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