Publisher: Bloomberg, 2000, 275 pages
Advances in technology and risk modeling have boosted derivative markets.The resulting increase in arbitrage activities has narrowed profit margins in all financial markets. Consistent risk methodology is now an essential tool for overcoming competitive pricing and for anticipating the consequences of market turbulence.
It is now possible to calculate the potential impact of every major deal on the overall risk profit of the firm. Market risk and credit risk can be quantified and considered against the expected contribution to share-holder value or return on capital. These measurements create a theoretical framework for harmonizing activity at financial firms.
In practice, today's markets and technologies evolve so rapidly that the requirements and the capabilities shift before any reengineering cycle can be completed. A quagmire of data seriously confounds the task of extracting reliable information for risk management. The data problem becomes acute when you move to global risk management, because a flaw anywhere affects the whole process and is much harder to trace.
Timely, accurate information about all positions is a prerequisite for effective management in this new global marketplace. You can't run flexible "what if" stress tests or determine global VaR (value at risk) accurately without a central transaction file. When the next contagion hits, the winners will be the ones who have correctly measured the stress on their whole portfolio and adjusted their holdings to achieve some immunization.
This book shows you how to make your firm one of those winners.
An excellent book about financial risk. I only wish he would address operational risk more, as it exists in his model, but only there.
Also, he was one of the praisers of Enron, which makes his conclusions a bit circumspect, but I guess anyone can be fooled…