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United States Patent [w]
US006122623A [ii] Patent Number:  Date of Patent:
 WATERSHED METHOD FOR
CONTROLLING CASHFLOW MAPPING IN
VALUE AT RISK DETERMINATION
 Inventor: Mark B. Garman, Orinda, Calif.
 Assignee: Financial Engineering Associates, Inc., Berkeley, Calif.
 Appl. No.: 09/109,110  Filed: Jul. 2, 1998
 Int. CI. G06F 17/60
 U.S. CI 705/36; 705/35; 705/37;
 Field of Search 705/35, 36, 37,
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Primary Examiner—Eric W. Stamber
Assistant Examiner—Romain Jeanty
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Fenwick & West LLP
A system, computer implemented method, and software product provide for the correct allocation of cashflows to enable accurate determination of value at risk with respect to income and balance sheet risk for transactions portfolio including transactions occurring in different fiscal periods. The computer implemented method includes establishing watershed variables, such as watershed dates, and partitioning both cashflows derived from the transaction portfolio and the vertex set of market risk data into distinct subsets. The partitioned cashflows are allocated, using a regular allocation function, onto individual ones of the partitioned vertex sets. The partitioning and allocation correctly segregate cashflows with respect to the fiscal periods to which they contribute to the value at risk. The allocated cashflows are then each separately treated by a value at risk computation. A system includes a computer, database of transactions, networked or local access to market risk data, and a software product executing the computer implemented method. The software product may include a module for shredding transactions into cashflows, a module for partitioning the cashflows and vertex sets, a module for performing the regular allocation of partitioned cashflows, a module for performing the value at risk computations.
9 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets
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