The Fundamentals Of Risk Measurement

Hardcover | July 18, 2002

byChristopher Marrison

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A step-by-step guidebook for understanding—and implementing—integrated financial risk measurement and management

The Fundamentals of Risk Measurement introduces the state-of-the-art tools and practices necessary for planning, executing, and maintaining risk management in today’s volatile financial environment. This comprehensive book provides description and analysis of topics including:

  • Economic capital
  • Risk adjusted return on capital (RAROC)
  • Shareholder Value Added (SVA)
  • Value at Risk (VaR)
  • Asset/liability management (ALM)
  • Credit risk for a single facility
  • Credit risk for portfolios
  • Operating risk
  • Inter-risk diversification
  • The Basel Committee Capital Accords

    The banking world is driven by risk. The Fundamentals of Risk Measurement shows you how to quantify that risk, outlining an integrated framework for risk measurement and management that is straightforward, practical for implementation, and based on the realities of today’s tumultuous global marketplace.

    “Banks make money in one of two ways: providing services to customers and taking risks. In this book, we address the business of making money by taking risk.…”—From the Introduction

    In The Fundamentals of Risk Measurement, financial industry veteran Chris Marrison examines what banks must do to succeed in the business of making money by taking risk. Encompassing the three primary areas of banking risk—market, credit, and operational—and doing so in a uniquely intuitive, step-by-step format, Marrison provides hands-on details on the primary tools for financial risk measurement and management, including:

    • Plain-English evaluation of specific risk measurement tools and techniques
    • Use of Value at Risk (VaR) for assessment of market risk for trading operations
    • Asset/liability management (ALM) techniques, transfer pricing, and managing market and liquidity risk
    • The many available methods for analyzing portfolios of credit risks
    • Using RAROC to compare the risk-adjusted profitability of businesses and price transactions

      In addition, woven throughout The Fundamentals of Risk Measurement are principles underlying the regulatory capital requirements of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and what banks must do to understand and implement them. The requirements are defined, implications of the New Capital Accord are presented, and the major steps that a bank must take to implement the New Accord are discussed. The resulting thumbnail sketch of the Basel Committee, and specifically the New Capital Accord, is valuable as both a ready reference and a foundation for further study of this important initiative.

      Risk is unavoidable in the financial industry. It can, however, be measured and managed to provide the greatest risk-adjusted return, and limit the negative impacts of risk to a bank’s shareholders as well as potential borrowers and lenders. The Fundamentals of Risk Management provides risk managers with an approach to risk-taking that is both informed and prudent, one that shows operations managers how to control risk exposures as it allows decision-making executives to direct resources to opportunities that are expected to create maximum return with minimum risk. The result is today’s most complete introduction to the business of risk, and a valuable reference for anyone from the floor trader to the officer in charge of overseeing the entire risk management operation.

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A step-by-step guidebook for understanding—and implementing—integrated financial risk measurement and managementThe Fundamentals of Risk Measurement introduces the state-of-the-art tools and practices necessary for planning, executing, and maintaining risk management in today’s volatile financial environment. This comprehensive book pr...

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Today’s Most Detailed, Step-by-Step Guidebook for Understanding—and Implementing—Integrated Financial Risk Measurement and ManagementBanks take financial risks, with their overall profits based on maximizing the returns from those risks. Losses—or in the case of Britain’s Barings Bank, utter devastation—can occur when assumed risks are...

Chris Marrison, Ph.D., is a veteran risk management consultant with experience in trading risk, credit risk, business control, asset/liability management, emerging markets, and project finance. A former managing principal with The Capital Markets Company and senior engagement officer with Oliver Wyman & Co., Dr. Marrison has been a Roy...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:415 pages, 9.3 × 7.5 × 1.32 inPublished:July 18, 2002Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071386270

ISBN - 13:9780071386272

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Basics of Risk Management

Chapter 2: Risk Measurement at the Corporate Level: Economic Capital and RAROC

Chapter 3: Review of Statistics

MARKET RISK SECTION

Chapter 4: Background on Traded Instruments

Chapter 5: Market Risk Measurement

Chapter 6: The Three Common Approaches for Calculating Value at Risk

Chapter 7: Value at Risk Contribution

Chapter 8: Testing VaR Results to Ensure Proper Risk Measurement

Chapter 9: Calculating Capital for Market Risk

Chapter 10: Overcoming VaR Limitations

Chapter 11: The Management of Market Risk

ASSET/LIABILITY MANGEMENT SECTION

Chapter 12: Introduction to Asset Liability Management

Chapter 13: Measurement of Interest Rate Risk for ALM

Chapter 14: Funding Liquidity Risk in ALM

Chapter 15: Funds Transfer Pricing and the Management of ALM Risks

CREDIT RISK SECTION

Chapter 16: Introduction to Credit Risk

Chapter 17: Types of Credit Structure

Chapter 18: Risk Measurement for a Single Facility

Chapter 19: Estimating Parameter Values for Single Facilities

Chapter 20: Risk Measurement For A Credit Portfolio: Part One

Chapter 21: Risk Measurement For A Credit Portfolio: Part Two

Chapter 22: Risk Adjusted Performance and Pricing for Loans

Chapter 23: Regulatory Capital for Credit Risk

OPERATING RISK SECTION

Chapter 24: Operating risk

INTEGRATED RISK SECTION

Chapter 25: Inter-risk Diversification and Bank-Level RAROC