IBM Algorithmics Introduction to Portfolio Credit Risk Engine

( Duration: 2 Days )

In IBM Algorithmics Introduction to Portfolio Credit Risk Engine training course, Participants gain hands-on experience with the portfolio credit risk engine, the Algorithmic component that calculates portfolio credit risk and bottom-up measures of integrated market and credit risks.

By attending IBM Algorithmic Introduction to Portfolio Credit Risk Engine workshop, Participants will learn to:

  • Articulate the key data elements required to calculate portfolio credit risk and which Algorithmics' components can provide these inputs
  • Define each of the various measures available in PCRE
  • Discuss the principles behind the PCRE models
  • Generate a typical/sample report based on statistical measures
  • List the types of scenario analysis supported within PCRE
  • Generate a typical/sample report for scenario analysis
  • Launch PCRE Setup Manager and Results Viewer
  • Initiate the PCRE controller and workers in a multiprocessor environment

  • Knowledge of basic credit risk (e.g. definition of rating, PD and LGD) is essential
  • Some portfolio credit risk knowledge would be an asset

This course is aimed at quantitative analysts or capital managers with a credit risk focus; however, the significant hands-on emphasis may also make it of interest to non-quantitative business analysts.




  • The Portfolio Credit Risk Engine within Algo One
    • In this section we discuss the fundamental model upon which the engine is based and the location of the engine (PCRE) within the Mark-to-Future framework.
  • Inputs and Data
    • The inputs and data required to drive the portfolio credit risk model are varied. They are also dependent on the sophistication of the model to be adopted. Accordingly, we begin by examining the basic inputs, and address possible additional inputs and data second. Typical input categories include counterparty/obligor/name, exposure, credit quality, recovery rates, historical series and aggregation keys.
  • Hands-on Experience: Setup
    • This section familiarizes participants with the Setup Manager tool within PCRE. The objectives revolve around locating data and making associations within the data set.
  • Outputs and Measures
    • The contrast between the different classes of measures - absolute, additive, marginal, incremental, cumulative - and the details of the more complex calculations are the primary focus. Interpretation and application of the measures to business purposes is also discussed.


  • Hands-on Experience: Results
    • This section familiarizes participants with the Results Viewer and Report Definitions Editor tools within PCRE. The objectives revolve around running the engine and effectively viewing results. A demonstration of the ARA reporting infrastructure will be provided upon prior request.
  • Analytic Model
    • A look at the math behind - and hands-on usage of - an analytic approximation to PCR measures
  • Scenario Analysis
    • An interactive demonstration of the various methods of scenario analysis available within PCRE is followed by a short hands-on case study
  • Integrated Market and Credit Risk
    • Exposure modeling is a key feature of portfolio credit risk measurement within Algo One. We explore the generation of exposures within MtF for use in PCRE calculations of integrated market and credit risks.

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