# Using Monte Carlo simulation to calculate Value At Risk

• Deimantas
In summary: Keep up the good work!In summary, to calculate the 5-day 1% Value at Risk of a portfolio using Monte Carlo simulation, you can follow the steps outlined in the article provided and implement them in Excel. Make sure to use a good random number generator, run a sufficient number of simulations, use appropriate assumptions, and double check your Excel formulas for accuracy.
Deimantas

## Homework Statement

Calculate 5-day 1% Value at Risk of a portfolio using Monte Carlo simulation.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I've found an article explaining how to perform Monte Carlo simulation on portfolio returns therefore calculating the Value At Risk (pdf attachment). I've followed all the instructions and implemented it in Excel (zip attachment).
There are 3 main methods to estimate the VaR of a portfolio - historical simulation, parametric approach and Monte Carlo simulation. Historical simulation gives 5-day VaR=566.59, parametric approach gives 5-day VaR=486.92, and here Monte Carlo simulation gives 5-day VaR equaling around 360. I doubt the Monte Carlo result is accurate (seems way too low). I'm afraid there might be some errors in my excel implementation. I'd appreciate it if someone could kindly help me spot them.

#### Attachments

• Anybody can do Value at Risk_ A Teaching Study using Parametric C.pdf
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• montecarlos.zip
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Hello,

First of all, great job on implementing the Monte Carlo simulation in Excel! It looks like you have followed all the steps correctly and have a good understanding of the different methods for calculating VaR.

In terms of your concern about the Monte Carlo result being too low, there are a few things you can check to make sure your implementation is accurate.

1. Check your random number generator: In Monte Carlo simulation, the results are highly dependent on the random number generator used. Make sure you are using a good random number generator that is producing truly random numbers.

2. Check your sample size: The more simulations you run, the more accurate your results will be. Make sure you are running a sufficient number of simulations to get reliable results.

3. Check your assumptions: Monte Carlo simulation relies on assumptions about the distribution of returns. Make sure you are using the appropriate distribution for your portfolio returns. You can also try using different distributions to see if it affects your results.

4. Check for errors in your Excel formula: Double check all your formulas and make sure they are correctly referencing the cells and ranges you intended. It's always a good idea to have someone else review your spreadsheet to catch any potential errors.

I hope this helps and good luck with your analysis!

## 1. How does Monte Carlo simulation calculate Value At Risk (VaR)?

Monte Carlo simulation uses random sampling to simulate a large number of potential scenarios for a given portfolio. It then calculates the portfolio's returns for each scenario and sorts them from lowest to highest. The VaR is then determined by finding the value at the specified percentile of the sorted returns.

## 2. What is the benefit of using Monte Carlo simulation for VaR calculation?

Monte Carlo simulation allows for a more accurate estimation of VaR compared to traditional methods, which assume a normal distribution of returns. It takes into account the non-linear and asymmetric nature of financial markets and allows for a more comprehensive analysis of potential risks.

## 3. What are the key assumptions made in Monte Carlo simulation for VaR calculation?

The key assumptions in Monte Carlo simulation for VaR calculation include the assumption of a normal distribution of returns, the stability of correlations between assets, and the randomness of market movements. These assumptions may not always hold true in real-world scenarios and can impact the accuracy of the results.

## 4. How is confidence level chosen in Monte Carlo simulation for VaR calculation?

The confidence level is typically chosen based on the risk appetite of the investor or the requirements of the regulatory body. A higher confidence level, such as 99%, indicates a lower tolerance for risk and a lower VaR value, while a lower confidence level, such as 95%, indicates a higher tolerance for risk and a higher VaR value.

## 5. Can Monte Carlo simulation be used for all types of financial assets?

Yes, Monte Carlo simulation can be used for all types of financial assets, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and derivatives. However, the accuracy of the results may vary depending on the complexity and volatility of the assets being analyzed.

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