Identifier

etd-07062016-113754

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Mathematics

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

We introduce a new model to study the behavior of a portfolio of defaultable assets. We refer to this model as the Gaussian-Poisson model. It builds upon one-factor Gaussian copula models and Poisson models (specifically Cox processes). Our model utilizes a random variable Y along with probability measures ℙ and ℙ. The measures ℙ and ℙ will act as market pricing measures and are obtained via conditioning. The random variable Y will act as a default descriptor.

We provide the distribution of Y under both ℙ and ℙ. We use a conditional probability to examine expected portfolio and tranche losses, with applications including credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations. The Gaussian-Poisson model requires a choice of an intensity model. We examine a portfolio loss' dependence upon parameters of the intensity model. Finally, we present three possible models of the intensity process.

Date

2016

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Sengupta, Ambar

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