Trading Risk: Enhanced Profitability through Risk Control

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Trading Risk: Enhanced Profitability through Risk Control

by Kenneth L. Grant

Wiley | September 16, 2004 | Hardcover

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Revolutionary techniques that traders can implement to improve profits and avoid losses

No trader, professional or individual, can afford not to have a solid risk management program integrated into his or her trading system. But finding a precise mathematical model to replace subjective decision-making processes is a challenge. Traditionally, risk management has focused solely on loss avoidance, but in Trading Risk, hedge fund risk manager Kenneth Grant presents some-thing completely new-how to manage a portfolio to minimize risk and increase profits by putting more capital at risk. Trading Risk details a risk management program that can help both money managers and individual traders evaluate which elements in a portfolio are working efficiently and which aren't. By illustrating an extremely simple set of statistical and arithmetic tools this book can help readers enhance their performance in many financial markets.

Kenneth L.Grant is Cheyne's Global Risk Manager, and is the Managing Member for Cheyne Capital, LLC, the firm's U.S. arm. Mr. Grant is a pioneer in the field of hedge fund risk management and capital allocation. Before joining Cheyne, he created risk control programs at two of the world's leading hedge funds, Tudor Investments and SAC Capital, where he was eventually promoted to the title of Chief Investment Strategist. Mr. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in Economics from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.35 × 6.44 × 0.85 in

Published: September 16, 2004

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471650919

ISBN - 13: 9780471650911

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Trading Risk: Enhanced Profitability through Risk Control

by Kenneth L. Grant

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.35 × 6.44 × 0.85 in

Published: September 16, 2004

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471650919

ISBN - 13: 9780471650911

Table of Contents

PREFACE. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. CHAPTER 1: The Risk Management Investment. CHAPTER 2: Setting Performance Objectives. Optimal Target Return. Nominal Target Return. Stop-Out Level. The Beach. CHAPTER 3: Understanding the Profit/Loss Patterns over Time. And Now to Statistics, but First a Word (or More) about Time Series Construction. Time Units. Time Spans. Graphical Representation of Daily P/L. Histogram of P/L Observations. Statistics. A Tribute to Sir Isaac Newton. Average P/L. Standard Deviation. Sharpe Ratio. Median P/L. Percentage of Winning Days. Performance Ratio, Average P/L, Winning Days versus Losing Days. Drawdown. Correlations. Putting It All Together. CHAPTER 4: The Risk Components of an Individual Portfolio. Historical Volatility. Options Implied Volatility. Correlation. Value at Risk (VaR). Justification for VaR Calculations. Types of VaR Calculations. Testing VaR Accuracy. Setting VaR Parameters. Use of VaR Calculation in Portfolio Management. Scenario Analysis. Technical Analysis. CHAPTER 5: Setting Appropriate Exposure Levels (Rule 1). Determining the Appropriate Ranges of Exposure. Method 1: Inverted Sharpe Ratio. Method 2: Managing Volatility as a Percentage of Trading Capital. Drawdowns and Netting Risk. Asymmetric Payoff Function. CHAPTER 6: Adjusting Portfolio Exposure (Rule 2). Size of Individual Positions. Directional Bias. Position Level Volatility. Time Horizon. Diversification. Leverage. Optionality. Nonlinear Pricing Dynamics. Relationship between Strike
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Revolutionary techniques that traders can implement to improve profits and avoid losses

No trader, professional or individual, can afford not to have a solid risk management program integrated into his or her trading system. But finding a precise mathematical model to replace subjective decision-making processes is a challenge. Traditionally, risk management has focused solely on loss avoidance, but in Trading Risk, hedge fund risk manager Kenneth Grant presents some-thing completely new-how to manage a portfolio to minimize risk and increase profits by putting more capital at risk. Trading Risk details a risk management program that can help both money managers and individual traders evaluate which elements in a portfolio are working efficiently and which aren't. By illustrating an extremely simple set of statistical and arithmetic tools this book can help readers enhance their performance in many financial markets.

Kenneth L.Grant is Cheyne's Global Risk Manager, and is the Managing Member for Cheyne Capital, LLC, the firm's U.S. arm. Mr. Grant is a pioneer in the field of hedge fund risk management and capital allocation. Before joining Cheyne, he created risk control programs at two of the world's leading hedge funds, Tudor Investments and SAC Capital, where he was eventually promoted to the title of Chief Investment Strategist. Mr. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in Economics from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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A revolutionary system for fearless trading without excessive risk

"Trading Risk provides a useful and intuitive roadmap of the risk management process, as written by an individual with unique experience and insight into this topic. It is an engaging read and covers complex subject matter in a straightforward and often-entertaining manner."
– Stanley Shopkorn, Shopkorn Associates

"Ken Grant''s eminently readable new book on risk management is a rare blend of theory and practical applications. It is a great starting point for the novice and deep enough for the experienced practitioner."
– Mark R. Graham, Managing Partner, Blue Elite Fund, Ltd.

"This book describes a very practical approach to risk management in a lucid and entertaining manner. Anyone concerned with the topic of risk management ought to find it of interest."
– Susan Estes, Managing Director, Countrywide Securities

"Thoughtful, unique, detailed, actually enjoyable, and comprehensible reading for what is normally a boring and confusing topic."
– Dwight Anderson, President, Osprei Management, LP

"A must-read for risk managers of companies of all sizes who want to preserve capital and take practical advantage of trends in the marketplace. This is a clearly written, funny, and entertaining guide to a very serious topic that affects all corporations. This very complex topic was simplified and made easy to understand by a true expert in the art of risk management."
– Phupinder Gill, Managing Director & President
Chicago Mercantile Exchange

About the Author

Kenneth L.Grant is Cheyne’s Global Risk Manager, and is the Managing Member for Cheyne Capital, LLC, the firm’s U.S. arm. Mr. Grant is a pioneer in the field of hedge fund risk management and capital allocation. Before joining Cheyne, he created risk control programs at two of the world’s leading hedge funds, Tudor Investments and SAC Capital, where he was eventually promoted to the title of Chief Investment Strategist. Earlier in his career, Mr. Grant led risk management efforts for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Société Générale. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Managed Futures Association (MFA), and is a founding member of MFA’s Hedge Fund Advisory Committee–the industry’s leading trade relations organization. He is a principal author of MFA’s Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers (2000). Mr. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in Economics from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
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