Heads or Tails: Financial Disaster, Risk Management and Survival Strategy in the World of Extreme Risk

Heads or Tails: Financial Disaster, Risk Management and Survival Strategy in the World of Extreme Risk

By: Evgueni Ivantsov (author)Hardback

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, Heads or Tails answers the question: what changes should financial institutions undergo to ensure reliable protection against extreme risks? Recent massive failures among large and respected financial institutions, clearly demonstrate that contemporary risk management and regulation fail to provide adequate responses to the challenges set by extreme risks. Dr Evgueni Ivantsov combines analysis of the nature of extreme risk (so-called tail risk), risk management practices and practical solutions to build a robust, enterprise-wide, extreme risk management framework which includes three lines of defence, ranging from strategic to tactical, designed to help address the tail risk during different stages of its development. The author also discusses: Why modern 'sophisticated' risk management frameworks, strong capitalisation and liquidity do not prevent banks from failure in the face of systemic crisis; What it means to build an effective defence against systemic and catastrophic losses; What risk architecture should look like to ensure that extreme risk events are identified early and efficiently mitigated; How modern management practices, regulation and risk and business culture need to change to guarantee sustainability. While the context of Dr Ivantsov's writing is financial services, the book contains an important message for specialists from any industries exposed to the extreme risks (oil/gas, energy, mining, chemical productions, transportation, etc.). Until the shortcomings of current risk management and regulation are resolved, financial services and other at risk industries will repeat the painful mistakes of the past, over and over again.

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Dr Evgueni Ivantsov is an internationally-recognised specialist in risk management. He is Chairman of the European Risk Management Council, a think tank of risk executives from leading financial institutions operating in Europe. He is also a member of the Advisory Group on Global Risks of the World Economic Forum. Dr Ivantsov works at Lloyds Banking Group as the Head of Portfolio Management and Strategy responsible for solutions mitigating risks and improving the portfolio risk/return profile. Prior to this role, he was the Head of Portfolio Risk and Strategy and the Head of Global Analytics at HSBC Group responsible for setting risk appetite, stress testing portfolios across HSBC European region and building risk models and tools for HSBC global portfolios. Prior to this, he worked as a Senior Manager of Credit Portfolio Group at ING Bank, and a Senior Financial Analyst of Large Corporate Rating Agency at BBL (Banque Bruxelles Lambert). Dr Ivantsov was an adjunct Professor of International Economics at Boston University and a Professor of Money, Banking and Credit at the United Business Institutes in Brussels. Evgueni Ivantsov holds MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics.


Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I Dancing in the Minefields: Beware of the tail: the dark nature of extreme risk; Models, experts and extreme events; Anti-Basel: how modern regulation missed the point. Part II The Heads or Tails Principle and AAA Approach: Heads or tails; building a 'firewall' against extreme risk; Extreme risk and AAA approach; When all hell breaks loose. Part III Survival Strategy in the Extreme Risk Wilderness: First line of defence: business and risk strategy; Second line of defence: day-to-day extreme risk management; Last line of defence: when perfect storm begins; If the blind lead the blind: Dear Regulator...; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 24/10/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409460732
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 324
  • ID: 9781409460732
  • weight: 852
  • ISBN10: 1409460738

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