Journal of Risk Model Validation

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A proposal for a validation methodology for the discriminatory power of a rating system over time

Oliver Blümke

ABSTRACT

Validating the discriminatory power of a rating system is not trivial: the underlying default probabilities that determine the discriminatory power change over time due to changes in the macroeconomic environment and the credit portfolio. This paper presents a methodology using Basel II's one-factor model that enables us to take these changes into account. Using the presented methodology, the relation between the systematic factor of the one-factor model and the discriminatory power of a rating system is analyzed. Most importantly, the methodology enables us to introduce a validation procedure that allows us to compare the discriminatory power of a rating system over time.

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