Srichander Ramaswamy is Head of Investment Analysis at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland, and Adjunct Professor of Banking and Finance, University of Lausanne. Previously, he was a financial engineer with Credit Suisse in Zurich. Dr. Ramaswamy is a contributor to the Journal of Portfolio Management and other professional journals. He holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Chapter 1. Introduction.
Summary of the Book.
Chapter 2. Mathematical Preliminaries.
Chapter 3. The Corporate Bond Market.
Features of Corporate Bonds.
Corporate Bond Trading.
Role of Corporate Bonds.
Relative Market Size.
The Case for Corporate Bonds.
Chapter 4. Modeling Market Risk.
Interest Rate Risk.
Dynamics of the Yield Curve.
Other Sources of Market Risk.
Market Risk Model.
Chapter 5. Modeling Credit Risk.
Elements of Credit Risk.
Quantifying Credit Risk.
Chapter 6. Portfolio Credit Risk.
Quantifying Portfolio Credit Risk.
Default Mode: Two-Bond Portfolio.
Estimating Asset Return Correlation.
Credit Risk Under Migration Mode.
Chapter 7. Simulating the Loss Distribution.
Monte Carlo Methods.
Credit Loss Simulation.
Tail Risk Measures.
Chapter 8. Relaxing the Normal Distribution Assumption.
Portfolio Credit Risk.
Chapter 9. Risk Reporting and Performance Attribution.
Relative Credit Risk Measures.
Marginal Credit Risk Contribution.
Portfolio Credit Risk Report.
Portfolio Market Risk Report.
Chapter 10. Portfolio Optimization.
Portfolio Selection Techniques.
Devil in the Parameters: A Case Study.
Chapter 11. Structured Credit Products.
Introduction to CDOs.
Anatomy of a CDO Transaction.
Major Sources of Risk in CDOs.
Rating a CDO Transaction.
Tradable Corporate Bond Baskets.
Solutions to End-of-Chapter Questions.