"Professor Pearson has raised the bar for books on market risk. Moving beyond descriptions of VaR calculation and stress testing, he provides careful discussions of both the refinements and the limits of the VaR technique. Even more importantly, this book provides structure to the heretofore vague idea of ′risk budgeting.′ "
–Charles Smithson, Managing Partner, Rutter Associates
"Pearson has written an excellent resource for risk management practitioners who actually need to compute and use VaR. Numerous concrete examples make a broad range of VaR techniques accessible to the people who actually need to use them. The book also provides tangible applications of risk budgeting, a term often used but rarely made relevant. Pearson has put meat on the bones for plan sponsors who want to actually employ risk budgeting techniques."
–Bennett Golub, Co–head of Risk Management and Analytics,
Founding Partner, BlackRock
"An excellent book. This text provides a bridge from the theoretical to the practical, and clears the fog between the buzzwords of risk budgeting and the realities of a useful new portfolio management tool. Pearson′s writing is well balanced between needed academic foundation and the practicalities of managing portfolios."
–Rob Roy, Director, Cash and Investments, Adventist Health System
"I just wish I could summarize this book as ably as Professor Pearson summarizes the voluminous literature on Value–at–Risk. Unfortunately, I suspect no further compression is possible. To reduce the risk of reading rubbish, your best bet is to read this book."
–Dr. Peter Carr, Senior Consultant, Risk Capital Management
What are Value–at–Risk and Risk Budgeting?
Value–at–Risk of a Simple Equity Portfolio.
PART TWO: TECHNIQUES OF VALUE–AT–RISK AND STRESS TESTING.
The Delta–Normal Method.
The Delta–Normal Method for a Fixed Income Portfolio.
Monte Carlo Simulation.
Using Factor Models to Compute the VaR of Equity Portfolios.
Using Principal Components to Compute the VaR of Fixed–Income Portfolios.
PART THREE: RISK DECOMPOSITION AND RISK BUDGETING.
A "Long–Short" Hedge Fund Manager.
Aggregating and Decomposing the Risks of Large Portfolios.
Risk Budgeting and the Choice of Active Managers.
PART FOUR: REFINEMENTS OF THE BASIC METHODS.
Variants of the Monte Carlo Approach.
Extreme Value Theory and VaR.
PAART FIVE: LIMITATIONS OF VALUE–AT–RISK.
VaR Is Only an Estimate.
Gaming the VaR.
Coherent Risk Measures.
PART SIX: CONCLUSION.
A Few Issues in Risk Budgeting.