Analysis of log-periodic power law singularity patterns in time series related to credit risk

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Abstract

The log-periodic (super-exponential) power law singularity (LPPLS) has become a promising tool for predicting extreme behavior of self-organizing systems in natural sciences and finance. Some researchers have recently proposed to employ the LPPLS on credit risk markets. The review article at hand summarizes four papers in this field and shows how they are linked. After structuring the research questions, we collect the corresponding answers from the four articles. This eventually gives us an overall picture of the application of the LPPLS to credit risk data. Our literature review begins with grounding the view that credit default swap (CDS) spreads are hotbeds for LPPLS patterns and it ends up with drawing attention to the recently proposed alarm index for the prediction of institutional bank runs. By presenting a new field of application for the LPPLS, the reviewed strand of literature further substantiates the LPPLS hypothesis. Moreover, the results suggest that CDS spread trajectories belong to a different universality class than, for instance, stock prices.

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Statistical and Nonlinear Physics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Business AdministrationUniversity of Muenster Leonardo-Campus 1MuensterGermany
  2. 2.Department of Management, Technology and EconomicsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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