Sensitivity of portfolio VaR and CVaR to portfolio return characteristics

Stoyan V. Stoyanov, Svetlozar T. Rachev, Frank J. Fabozzi

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Risk management through marginal rebalancing is important for institutional investors due to the size of their portfolios. We consider the problem of improving marginally portfolio VaR and CVaR through a marginal change in the portfolio return characteristics. We study the relative significance of standard deviation, mean, tail thickness, and skewness in a parametric setting assuming a Student's t or a stable distribution for portfolio returns. We also carry out an empirical study with the constituents of DAX30, CAC40, and SMI. Our analysis leads to practical implications for institutional investors and regulators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-187
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Conditional value-at-risk
  • Marginal rebalancing
  • Stable distributions
  • Student's t distribution
  • Value-at-risk


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