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The Simple Rules of Risk: Revisiting the Art of Financial Risk Management


In an age where companies and financial institutions are keenly focusing on managing the financial risk of their operations, the implementation of quantitative methods and models has been of tremendous help, allowing firms to analyze and manage their risk more efficiently and effectively. However, the focus on quantitative risk management, while important, can sometimes be over-emphasized at the expense of judgement, logic and experience. Market dislocations of the 1990s have revealed the shortcomings of purely quantitative approaches to risk management and the need for a strong grounding in the "common sense" aspects of the discipline.

At is core, the successful management of risk is largely an "art". In The Simple Rules of Risk, the author, based on over fifteen years experience in senior risk management positions around the world, takes a fresh look at the qualitative aspects of risk management. Providing detailed presentation and discussion of the simple rules that should form the core of any effective risk management process, including the 10 cardinal rules, Erik Banks shows how these, in conjunction with new or existing quantitative procedures, can form the basis of an effective and robust risk management framework.

ERIK BANKS has held senior risk management positions in several global financial institutions. In 2001, Erik joined XL Capitals weather/energy risk management subsidiary, Element Re, as Partner and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that he spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch, where he was Managing Director of Corporate Risk Management, responsible for the firms risk infrastructure; before that he spent 8 years abroad, managing Merrills credit and market risk teams in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1988 he was credit officer at Citibank and Manufacturers Hanover in New York. Erik is author of seven other books on risk, emerging markets, derivatives, merchant banking and electronic finance; he is also editor and co-author of a book on weather risk management, and is working on various new financial texts.



Philosophy of Risk.

Risk Governance.

Risk Identification.

Risk Quantification and Analysis.

Risk Monitoring and Reporting.

Risk Management.

Risk Infrastructure.


Selected References.