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Systemic Risk

Systemic Risk Benchmarking Study (SRISK)

The systemic risk measure (SRISK) originally proposed by Brownlees and Engle (2011), is defined as the expected capital shortfall of a firm conditional on a prolonged market decline. It is a function of a firm's size, leverage, and risk and can be calculated using publicly available data. Weekly updates of SRISK for top financial institutions are provided on NYU Stern’s V-Lab website

In this study, we perform an analysis of the SRISK of major Canadian financial institutions and provide a comparison between the Canadian and U.S. firms with the highest SRISK.

Institute Global Risk Institute
Project Lead: GRI Research Team


Prudential Capital Ratio Percent Market Decline Time Period

To provide a more in-depth look into what is driving the changes in SRISK, the following chart decomposes the overall change in SRISK (Δ SRISK) into three parts: Δ Debt, Δ Equity, and Δ Risk. Changes are calculated backwards from the present over the time horizon specified by the user above.


Lead Researcher