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Course Errors Found in 2021 Study Materials P1.T4. Valuation & Risk Models

Nicole Seaman

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Please use this new thread to let David and I know about any errors, missing/broken links, etc. that you find in the 2021 materials that are published in the study planner under P1.T4. Valuation & Risk Models. This will keep our forum much more organized. We appreciate your cooperation! :)

PLEASE NOTE: Our Practice Question sets already have links to their specific forum threads where you can post about any errors that you find. This thread is for any other materials (notes, spreadsheets, videos, etc.) where you might find errors.

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bollengc

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hi Nicole, David,

in T4-VRM-1-Ch1-FR-Measures-v3

page 18:
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(mentioning 2 times ES(X) instead of ES(X) and ES(Y))

page 19:
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same kind of typo

exercise 31.2 not corrected per:

(but the note on page 22 makes it clear they are both general risk measures)

And more general comment, it looks like the Learning Objectives for 2021 do not contain general risk measures and spectral risk measures anymore.
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thanks
Camille
 

bollengc

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hi Nicole, David,

on T4-VRM-3-Ch3-Volatility-v3.1, there are some paragraphs that are mixed up:
page 17:
title is STDEV vs. GARCH: Advantages and Disadvantages
and the content below is about GARCH and EWMA

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Thanks,
Camille
 

bollengc

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hi Nicole, David,

on T4-VRM-6-Ch6-Credit-Risk-v3
page 12
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it should be either PD*LR or PD*(1-RR) as per the numerical example.

+ a few error! Bookmark not defined:
page 12
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page 13:
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page 13:
typo in the numerical example:
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(16.73%-0.979%=15.76% instead of 13.39%-0.979%=15.76%)

page 15:
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either remove the square sign or change standard deviation into variance

page 16:
portfolio variance defined as: 1625122068582.png (no error)

but std dev of % loss should be sqrt(ptf variance)/sum(Li) (the formula misses the sqrt)
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p25:

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the standard deviation will be increased by 1% to 1.1*1.01

thanks,
Camille
 

bollengc

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hi Nicole, David,

On T4-VRM-7-Ch7-Op-Risk-v3

page 13:
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might be good to add parenthesis around (Lambda*T)^n so that there is no confusion on what is set to the power n. (both lambda and T, not T alone)

thanks,
Camille
 

reiss1

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Hello all,

On Ch1 notes p.20, I am a bit confused with the statement: "The VaR violates the subadditivity: VaR(A + B) ≥ VaR(A) = VaR(B)"

My understanding of subadditivity is that since VaR(A) + VaR(B) ≥ VaR(A + B) does not hold, since 0 + 0 ≥ 100 is false, is proof by contradiction. I am confused as to what "VaR(A + B) ≥ VaR(A) = VaR(B)" represents especially since it seems to hold in this example: 100 ≥ 0 = 0.

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Thank in advance!
Reiss
 

lushukai

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Hi @reiss1 ,

The subadditivity property, as you mentioned, is f(A+B) <= f(A) + f(B) (one example of this is the VaR instance). The paragraph is trying to say that VaR is not coherent measure due to its lack of subadditivity. The screenshot proves this by quoting:

VaR(A+B) > VaR(A) = VaR(B)

Another way of quoting this is VaR(A+B) > VaR(A) + VaR(B), as VaR(A) = VaR(B) = 0. As this is proof of violation of subadditivity, we can see that VaR is not a coherent risk measure.

Hope this helps!
 
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David Harper CFA FRM

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Thank you @lushukai ... but @reiss1 it is a typo, apologies, I will fix it. There are actually two problems:
  1. First, the example needs to specify the confidence level for the VaR. Given each bond has a PD of 4.0% (with LGD = 100%), then 99.0% VaR (A) = $100 and 95.0% VaR(A) = 0. So this example assumes a 95.0% VaR.
  2. Second, it should read "The VaR violates subadditivity because VaR(A+B) ≥ VaR(A) + VaR(B) because 100 > 0 + 0"
Thanks,
 

Library_books

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Hi,
In chapter 6: Credit Risk and Capital Modeling
Pg 25:
Increase of 1% exposure to loan 2 or 3 is calculated as 1.997904 - 1.997078 = 0.006924
It should be 1.997904 - 1.990980 = 0.006924
 

Garbanzo

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T4CH1 Measures of risk, Study Notes, page 11:
The positive/negative descriptions are flipped, the first shown is actually negative (mean<median<mode), second is positive (mode<median<mean)

edit: now I see that it is actually correct, I got confused by the unusually shifted mode. usually if the mode is to the right of 0 skew 0 mean, the distribution is negatively skewed. but the mass under the curve shows it indeed is a positive skew (#1) and negative skew (#2)

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Garbanzo

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T4CH6 Credit risk and capital modeling, Study notes p16 bottom formula:

numerator should be a square root
 

Garbanzo

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T4CH6 Credit risk and capital modeling, Study notes p22 bottom substitution:

N(0.2784) should be N(-0.2784)
 

Garbanzo

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T4CH9 Pricing Conventions, Discounting, and Arbitrage. Study notes, page 7 (and 8 same table):

I think the bond maturities should be 1, 1.5 and 2.0.

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Garbanzo

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T4CH11 Bond Yields and Return Calculations. Study notes, page 12:

there's a typo in the first table, should be -982.00
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Page 16: they start at half-year not one year
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Page 20: the price actually depreciated by 0.004 (pulled down to par because coupon is higher than yield), which was more than compensated by the 1.000 coupon
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Garbanzo

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T4CH12 Applying Duration, Convexity, and DV01. Study notes page 3:

should be
(1 + yield/m)

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Page 24:
should be -DV01 * 10,000
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Garbanzo

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T4CH13 Modeling and Hedging Non-Parallel Term Structure Shifts. Study notes page 9

not sure how a zero coupon bond is a C-STRIP (?), did you mean P-STRIP?

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David Harper CFA FRM

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Hi @Garbanzo That's the final stripped coupon (yes, Tuckman does refer to C-STRIP here). So if it's a 30-year Treasury, you'd have one P-STRIP plus 60 C-strips where the "last" is a 30-year C-strip. Thank you for all of your posts/corrections/etc, I just haven't had time to carefully process. Just wanted to quickly respond to your latest. Thanks,
 

Garbanzo

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Thanks @David

T4CH14 Binomial Trees. Study Notes, page 5:

That yellow should be a 10.00 strike.

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Page 11:

u formula is missing "0.2" (sigma)
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Garbanzo

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T4CH15 The Black-Scholes-Merton Model. Study notes page 19:

w = N/(N+M) * c

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Page 12:
aren't we assuming lognormal prices -> normal returns?

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