Financial Network Analytics @ London School of Economics


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  • William Ross Ashby (1956) in ‘Introduction to Cybernetics’The use of information technology in augmenting human intelligence and extending the information processing capabilities of the human mind Visual analytics is an adjacent field
  • Financial Network Analytics @ London School of Economics

    1. 1. London School of Economics13 February 2012Financial Network AnalyticsKimmo Soramäki |
    2. 2. “When the crisis came, the serious limitations of existing economicand financial models immediately became apparent.[...]As a policy-maker during the crisis, I found the available models oflimited help. In fact, I would go further: in the face of the crisis, wefelt abandoned by conventional tools.” in a Speech by Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 18 November 2010
    3. 3. Network theory and related fields Financial Network Analysis Social Network Network Analysis Science NETWORK THEORY Graph & Matrix Computer Theory Science Biological Network Analysis
    4. 4. Why networks?
    5. 5. Katsushika Hokusai. The great wave offKanagawa ~1830
    6. 6. Data tsunami• Digital information is doubling every 1.2 years -> Big Data, Open Data, Data Science, ‘Chief Algorithms Officers’…• Regulatory response to recent financial crisis was to strengthen macro-prudential supervision with mandates for more regulatory data• The challenge will be to understand and analyze the data• Analytics based decision-making, i.e. the application of computer technology, operational research, and statistics to support decision making Katsushika Hokusai. The great wave off Kanagawa ~1830
    7. 7. Eratosthenes map of the known worldc. 194 BC
    8. 8. Network maps• Natural way to visualize the financial system• Network visualizations are intuitive• Maps aid decision making• Mapping of the financial system has only begun Eratosthenes map of the known world, c. 194 BC.
    9. 9. Go is a board game that originated inChina more than 2,000 years ago.
    10. 10. Intelligence Amplification • Technology, products and practices change constantly • Data is not clean, actions are not ‘rational’ • Algorithms don’t fare well in periods of abrupt change • Algorithms do not think outside the box • A solution is to augment human intelligence • Intelligence Amplification vs Artificial Intelligence
    11. 11. What is a/the financial network?
    12. 12. Main premise of network analysis:Structure of links between nodes matters• The properties and behavior of a node cannot be analyzed on the basis its own properties and behavior alone.• To understand the behavior of one node, one must analyze the behavior of nodes that may be several links apart in the network.• Bottom up approach. Generalize and describe.• Financial contexts – Trading networks, payment networks – Networks of interconnected balance sheets – Networks of asset dependencies
    13. 13. Topology of interactions Degree distribution Total of ~8000 banks 66 banks comprise 75% of value Soramäki, Bech, Beyeler, Glass and Arnold 25 banks completely connected (2006), Physica A, Vol. 379, pp 317-333.
    14. 14. The New York Times, 1 May 2010Europes Web of Debt
    15. 15. BBC, 18 November 2011Eurozone debt web: Who owes what to whom? ( )
    16. 16. Country exposures networks • Claims of banking sector by country
    17. 17. Stock correlation networks • Cross-asset correlation tree of German DAX index stocks • Assets are linked in a backbone correlation network • Clusters of asset classes clearly visible • Data reduction method
    18. 18. Cross asset network
    19. 19. Financial Network Analytics
    20. 20. Financial Network Analytics (FNA)FNA is an analytics platform that helps banks and financialregulators manage and understand financial data with networkanalysis• Web Service ( and Enterprise Software• Modular design, current modules for: – Financial Stability – Payment System Oversight – Macroprudential Supervision and – Cross Asset Analysis• Designed for operationalizing latest research
    21. 21. Financial Network Analytics Platform Develop Monitor
    22. 22. Demos• Bilateral banking sector exposures by country (2005- 2011) – Node = country, Link = banking system exposure – Force-Directed layout of network• Asset correlation data for DAX stocks (January 2012) – Node = stock, Link = coupling via correlations – Dynamic Force-Directed layout of spanning tree• Dashboards
    23. 23. www.fna.fi23 for more information