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Financial Risk Management for Dummies

Take the risk out of financial risk management Written by bestselling author and past winner of the GARP Award's Risk Manager of the Year, Aaron Brown, Financial Risk Management For Dummies offers thorough and accessible guidance on successfully managing and controlling financial risk within your company. Through easy-to-follow instruction, you'll find out how to manage risk, firstly by understanding it, and then by taking control of it. Plus, you'll discover how to measure and value financial risk, set limits, stop losses, control drawdowns and hedge bets. Financial risk management uses financial instruments to manage exposure to risk within firms, large and small particularly credit risk and market risk. From managing and measuring risk to working in financial institutions and knowing how to communicate risk to your company and clients, Financial Risk Management For Dummies makes it easy to make sense of the management of risk when working in various different financial institutions and concludes by covering the topic of how to communicate risk how to report it properly and how to deal with and comply with all of the regulations. * Covers managing risk and working as a financial risk manager * Provides everything you need to know about measuring financial risk * Walks you through working in financial institutions * Demonstrates how to communicate risk If you work in the financial sector and want to make financial risk management your mission, you've come to the right place!
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Risk Management 5 Chapter 1: Living with Risk.7 Chapter 2: Understanding Risk Models 23 Chapter 3: Taking Charge of Risk 41 Chapter 4: Managing Financial Risk 57 Chapter 5: Functions of a Financial Risk Manager 73 Part II: Measuring Financial Risk 85 Chapter 6: Valuing Risk.87 Chapter 7: Stress Testing for Success 109 Chapter 8: Speaking Greek 125 Chapter 9: Accounting for Extremes 145 Part III: Managing Financial Risk 163 Chapter 10: Setting Limits.165 Chapter 11: Stopping Losses 181 Chapter 12: Controlling Drawdowns 199 Chapter 13: Hedging Bets 215 Part IV: Working in Financial Institutions 237 Chapter 14: Trading Places 239 Chapter 15: Banking on Risk 249 Chapter 16: Managing Assets and Portfolios 261 Chapter 17: Insuring Risk 271 Part V: Communicating Risk 283 Chapter 18: Reporting Risk 285 Chapter 19: Regulating Finance 299 Part VI: The Part of Tens 317 Chapter 20: Ten One-Minute Risk Management Tips 319 Chapter 21: Ten Days that Shook the (Financial) World 327 Chapter 22: Ten Great Risk Managers in History 341 Chapter 23: Ten Great Risk Books 349 Index 355

About the Author

Aaron Brown is managing director and risk manager at AQR Capital Management and the 2011 GARP Risk Manager of the Year. He wrote Red-Blooded Risk and The Poker Face of Wall Street. He was named Financial Educator of the Year by the readers of Wilmott Magazine and his website won a Forbes Best of the Web award for Theory and Practice of Investing.


Aaron Brown has produced much more than a how-to manual. Few financial books provide so much solid instruction in as lively and provocative fashion. Financial Risk Management for Dummies ranks with the ten great books on risk. - Martin S. Fridson, CFA, chief investment officer at Lehmann, Livian, Fridson Advisors, LLC, New York City

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