Evaluating the Performance of Static Versus Dynamic Models of Credit Default: Evidence From Long-Term Small Business Administration-Guaranteed Loans

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Published by Incisive Media Limited in the Journal of Credit Risk, volume 7 issue 2, 2011. Bryant users may access this article here.


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The financial crisis exposed the limitations of credit risk models to risk managers, financial regulators, investors and rating agencies. We compare the performance of conventional static-scoring techniques employed in practice with dynamic survival-time models to predict dollar losses on a portfolio of small-business loans. We find that the dynamic models consistently generate more accurate dollar-loss forecasts over multiple time periods and performance horizons. Our results support the hypothesis that seasoning is a key factor in the development of accurate loss forecasts for longer-term amortizing loans (eg, small-business and mortgage loans). Furthermore, our results suggest that banks consider developing capital adequacy, loan-loss provisioning and securitized loan valuation models with a dynamic sample and model design.