Malaysian Equities: A Sector Analysis Of Risk And Normality
This study uses Value at Risk (VaR) and Conditional Value at Risk (CVaR) metrics to measure the relative riskiness
of sectors for Malaysian equities. VaR is a widely used volatility measure, but only measures risk below a specified threshold,
whereas CVaR looks at risk beyond that threshold. The study finds that the relative risk of sectors changes with
changingeconomic circumstances as measured by VaR, but remains significantly the same as measured by CVaR. Parametric
(normally distributed) measures of VaR are compared to nonparametric measures, and it is found, consistently across all
sectors, that parametric measures are not suitable measures of volatility for Malaysian equities due to a large spread in tail risk.
Index Terms- Value at Risk, Conditional Value at Risk, Malaysian Sectors, Parametric, Nonparametric.