Preface

Risk management practices and the regulation of financial institutions have continued to evolve in the past three years. Risk Management and Financial Institutions has been expanded and updated to reflect this. Like my other popular text Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives, the book is designed to be useful to practicing managers as well as college students. Those studying for GARP and PRMIA qualifications will find the book particularly helpful.

The book is appropriate for university courses in either risk management or financial institutions. It is not necessary for students to take a course on options and futures markets prior to taking a course based on this book. But if they have taken such a course, some of the material in the first nine chapters does not need to be covered.

The level of mathematical sophistication and the way material is presented have been managed carefully so that the book is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. For example, when covering copulas in Chapter 11, I present the intuition followed by a detailed numerical example; when covering maximum likelihood methods in Chapter 10 and extreme value theory in Chapter 13, I provide numerical examples and enough details for readers to develop their own Excel spreadsheets. I have also provided my own Excel spreadsheets for many applications on my website:

www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/~hull

This is a book about risk management, so there is very little material on the valuation of derivatives. ...

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