The 2008 credit crisis did much to debunk the much touted powers of Value at Risk (VaR) as a risk metric. Unlike most authors on VaR who focus on what it can do, in this book the author looks at what it cannot. In clear, accessible prose, finance practitioners, Max Wong, describes the VaR measure and what it was meant to do, then explores its various failures in the real world of crisis risk management. More importantly, he lays out a revolutionary new method of measuring risks, Bubble Value at Risk, that is countercyclical and offers a well-tested buffer against market crashes.
Max C.Y. Wong is a specialist in the area of risk modeling and Basel III. He started his career as a derivatives consultant at Credit Suisse First Boston in 1996. During the Asian crisis in 1998 he traded index futures at the open-outcry floor of SIMEX (now SGX). From 2003 to 2011, he worked for Standard Chartered Bank as a risk manager and senior quant. He is currently head of VaR model testing at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has published papers on VaR models and Basel capital, recently looking at innovative ways to model risk more effectively during crises and to deal with the issues of procyclicality and Black Swan event in our financial system. He has spoken on the subject at various conferences and seminars. He holds a B.Sc. Physics from University of Malaya (1994) and a M.Sc. financial engineering from National University of Singapore (2004). He is an adjunct at Singapore Management University, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions, and a member of the steering committee of PRMIA Singapore chapter.
Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.
Vital and indispensable, The Intelligent Investor is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.
Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its early stages and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion-dollar global economy open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides the knowledge. You simply supply the passion.
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