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Risk: The New Management Imperative in Finance

Book Description

Finance professionals grapple with risk every day—it's the inescapable partner of all financial market participants. As a result, high-stakes financial professionals are continually trying to streamline and perfect their risk management techniques. Financial risk management quantifies and controls risk (loss potential) and helps drive capital to its optimal use (profit seeking). This book is a much-needed guide for financial firms. It describes the latest risk management tools, financial instruments, and practical implementation strategies. And they're presented in a real-world, nonacademic manner. This book presents the latest information on

  • Identifying risk: the spectrum of risks faced by market participants

  • Measuring and quantifying risk: ways to track and value market and credit risks

  • Managing risk: a practical framework for financial risk management implementation

Also includes "The Ten Commandments of Financial Risk Management," how and when to use the latest financial instruments and derivatives, and setting up a trackable risk management initiative.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Advance praise for RISK: The New Management Imperative in Finance
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
    1. How This Book Is Organized
    2. Risk Management Transparency
  9. Section I: THE RISKS AND THEIR CONTOURS
    1. Chapter 1: Global Risk Management's Emergence
      1. Technology and Communications
      2. Quantitative Models
      3. Dealers in Flux, Too
      4. Major Messages in This Book
      5. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 2: The Full Spectrum of Risks
      1. Operational Risk
      2. Other Nonfinancial Risks
      3. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 3: The Contours of Financial Risk
      1. Funding Risk—The Primal Arc
      2. Markets and Risk
      3. Basis Risk
      4. Alternative Views and Insights
      5. New Measurement Tools and Management Techniques
      6. Credit Risk
      7. The Contours of Credit Risk
      8. Portfolio Risk
      9. Our Journey
      10. Wrap-Up
  10. Section II: MARKET RISK MANAGEMENT
    1. Chapter 4: Market Risk: Tools and Uses
      1. Hedge Example
      2. Arbitrage
      3. Speculation
      4. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 5: Commodity Market Risk Management
      1. Case Study: Big Auto Co.
      2. Case Study: Innovative Enron
      3. Commodity Market Features
      4. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 6: Currency Market Risk Management
      1. Market Dynamics
      2. Valuation and Risk Mechanics
      3. Risk Illustrations
      4. End Users
      5. Intermediaries
      6. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 7: Fixed-Income Market Risk Management
      1. Market Dynamics
      2. Time Matters
      3. Valuation
      4. Risk Mechanics
      5. Risk Illustrations
      6. Corporate Users
      7. Dealers
      8. The Investors
      9. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 8: Equity Market Risk Management
      1. Valuation and Risk Mechanics
      2. Risk Illustration
      3. Equity Derivatives
      4. Dealers and End Users
      5. Wrap-Up
      6. Market Risk Summary
  11. Section III: CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT
    1. Chapter 9: The Schism in Credit Risk Management
      1. Credit Risk Management Difficulties
      2. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 10: Credit Risk Management for Trading
      1. The Variable Exposure Problem
      2. Pre-Settlement and Settlement Risk
      3. Monte Carlo Simulation
      4. Credit Risk Versus Exposure
      5. Credit Limit Problems
      6. Charging for Credit
      7. Systemic Concerns
      8. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 11: Credit Risk Management for Traditional Lending
      1. The Traditional Credit Process: Commercial Loans
      2. Competition and Change to the Process
      3. Summary of Changes to the Process
      4. The Prior Models for Credit Risk
      5. The New Models for Credit Risk
      6. Case Study: Bank of Montreal
      7. Credit Market Trends
      8. Wrap-Up
  12. Section IV: RISK IN PORTFOLIOS
    1. Chapter 12: Market Risk in Portfolios
      1. Portfolio Risk Measures: Their Evolution
      2. Forecasting for VaR
      3. VaR Summary
      4. Stress Testing
      5. The Lessons of 1998
      6. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 13: Simulation
      1. Case Study: Global Oil Co.
      2. Wrap-Up
  13. Section V: DEVELOPING A GLOBAL RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESS
    1. Chapter 14: Risk Management: The Vision and the Reality
      1. The Vision for Risk Management: Go Global
      2. The Reality at Global Financial Institutions
      3. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 15: The Global Risk Management Development Model
      1. Management Direction
      2. Risk Management Development Projects
      3. Integrating with the Operating Infrastructure
      4. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 16: Developing GRM: What Works, What Doesn't
      1. The Chase Example
      2. Features of Success
      3. Pitfalls to Avoid
      4. Wrap-Up
  14. Conclusion
    1. The Ten Commandments for Going Global with Risk
  15. Appendix: FINANCIAL RISK DEFINITIONS
  16. Notes
  17. Index
  18. About Bloomberg
  19. About the Author