The financial crisis of 2007-8 shook the world of quantitative finance. First, it caused the industry as a whole to question long-held truisms which threw into doubt the pricing of even the most vanilla of derivatives. Second, the regulatory response dramatically reshaped the derivatives industry leading quants to shift their focus on capital, funding and of course risk.
The result has not been, as some doomsayers predicted, the end of quantitative finance or appreciation of its contribution to financial institutions and markets. Rather, quants have begun to rebuild. Aware now that frictions in markets under duress are the norm, not the exception, they are improving existing resilient models and developing new ones.
It is this new wave of developments that is the focus of Post-Crisis Quant Finance, edited and introduced by Risk magazine’s Technical Editor, Mauro Cesa. Post-Crisis Quant Finance brings together for the first time 20 peer-reviewed papers from the Cutting Edge series of Risk, internationally recognised among the quantitative community.
Contributors include Jesper Andreasen, Marco Avellaneda, Lorenzo Bergomi, Christoph Burgard, Jon Gregory, Julien Guyon, Brian Huge, Mats Kjaer, Richard Martin, Vladimir Piterbarg, Michael Pykhtin and Robin Stuart.
The book is divided into three sections.
I - Derivatives pricing, including
- equity derivatives;
- interest rates;
- multiple-curve environments;
- collateralisation; and,
- pricing model calibration.
II - Asset and risk management, including
- liquidity risk;
- short selling;
- risk measurement tools; and,
- correlation structures,
III - Counterparty credit risk, including
- its bilateral formulation;
- connection with risk capital;
- stochastic representations;
- challenging computation; and,
- residual value of a deal at close-out.
As Alexander Lipton, writing in the foreword says: “The reader will benefit from the expertise of some of the sharpest thinkers in the field”.
This book outlines practically relevant solutions to the complexities faced by quants post-crisis. Each of the 20 chapters targets a specific technical issue including pricing, hedging and risk management of financial securities.
Post-Crisis Quant Finance is a must-read for quants, statisticians, researchers, risk managers, analysts and economists looking for the latest practical quantitative models designed by expert market practitioners.