Elements of Financial Risk Management

1st Edition

Authors: Peter Christoffersen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121742324
eBook ISBN: 9780080472614
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd July 2003
Page Count: 214
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Value-at-Risk has emerged as the standard tool for measuring and reporting financial market risk. Currently, more than eighty commercial vendors offer enterprise or trading risk management systems that provide VAR-like measures. Risk managers are therefore often left with the daunting task of having to choose from this plethora of risk measures.
While basic VAR textbooks describe average VAR situations, the vast majority of these situations are abnormal. Elements of Financial Risk Management focuses on implementation, especially recent techniques which facilitate "bridging the gap" between standard textbooks on risk and real-life risk management systems. This book will appeal to practitioners in the financial services and investment industries, as well as graduate students and advanced undergraduates who want exposure to these techniques.

Key Features

Pinpoints key features of risk asset returns and captures them in tractable statistical models in the
companion website
Presents step-by-step approaches as a means to solve problems
*Visible patterns in the data motivate the choices of tools, and when tools fall short, it presents the next tool


This book is intended for three types of readers with an interest in financial risk management. First, Master's and Ph.D. students specializing in finance and economics. Second, market practitioners with a quantitative undergraduate or graduate degree. Third, a small group of advanced undergraduates majoring in either economics, engineering, finance, or another quantitative field. Realistically, the book will best suit those in financial engineering courses who have strong quantitative backgrounds and those in Ph.D. courses.

Table of Contents

Risk Management and Financial Returns; Volatility Forecasting; Correlation Modeling; Modeling the Conditional Distribution; Simulation-Based Methods; Option Pricing; Modeling Option Risk; Backtesting and Stress Testing


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About the Author

Peter Christoffersen

Affiliations and Expertise

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada Rotman School of Management: 105 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3E6


"Christoffersen offers a very readable, one-of-a-kind introduction to modern risk management and associated techniques for volatility and correlation modeling. The book strikes an excellent balance between mathematical rigor and intuition, and I would highly recommend it to any student or finance practitioner interested in learning about the latest and most important new developments in the field. This is a winner." --Tim Bollerslev, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A. "A very useful risk management book, emphasizing the statistical modeling of market risk" --Philippe Jorion, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A. "This is a book I and dozens of others wanted to write, and a book everyone in financial risk management will want to read. It is rigorous yet immensely practical, unifying many threads from the past and pointing the way toward the future -- an instant classic." --Francis X. Diebold, WP Carey Professor of Economics, Professor of Finance and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.