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The stress periods used by the largest US banks to determine a portion of their market risk capital requirements vary markedly and change frequently. Stressed value-at-risk-based capital requirements are calculated by running a bank’s trading portfolio through a regulatory VAR model with inputs calibrated to historical data from a 12-month period of financial stress. Market risk capital rules state that a firm may select a stress period that is is appropriate to the “composition and directional bias of its current portfolio”. The six largest US banks all use data from various stages of the global financial crisis spanning December 1, 2007 to September 1, 2009.

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