This book might never have been written without the takeover of our employer, ABN AMRO Bank in The Netherlands. In the unavoidable uncertainty and changes that followed, the idea developed to put on paper some of our experiences with and ideas about the implementation and use of economic capital. Brainstorming resulted in the outline of a hypothetical book. We decided to float the idea to see whether it would sink or sail. The enthusiasm with which the book proposal was received provided the extra stimulus to really embark on this project. Before we knew it, we had passed the point of no return. In the midst of the storm that the sub-prime crisis caused in the financial industry, we were able to stay on course to complete our ...

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