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Risk is at the core of any financial business. Quantitative Risk Management introduces the technical and managerial tools you need to assess and respond to risk. This comprehensive volume puts risk management in the hands of those on the front lines responsible for managing firms and their profits, and also provides readers access to a website that offers practical guidance for using the techniques discussed in the text.

In recent years, risk tools and techniques have grown increasingly mathematical and technical. Yet risk management is much more than just numbers and must be placed in the context of the broader goals of managing people, processes, and institutions. Author and risk expert Thomas Coleman reconciles the mathematical and managerial elements of the field in a way that all financial professionals can understand.

Understanding risk requires thinking carefully about uncertainty. Unfortunately, as humans we are often bad at doing so. Coleman introduces basic concepts in probability, focusing particularly on paradoxes and conundrums that highlight the errors and fallacies we can easily fall into in order to point you towards a deeper appreciation of how to think about, and manage, uncertainty.

Of course, risk management requires knowledge and appreciation of technical tools. This book details the techniques and formulas used to calculate risk, covering both fundamentals and advanced topics in a clear, accessible way. Coleman introduces and explains quantitative tools including volatility, VaR, contribution to risk, best hedges, and many others.

Beyond the numbers, Coleman takes you through issues such as managing people, data and IT, and infrastructure. In the end, risk management is about building a culture and organization that can respond to risk and withstand unanticipated events.

Innovative, wide–ranging in scope, and bringing the essentials of managing risk to life, Quantitative Risk Management uniquely combines the models, tools, and techniques that anyone working in the financial field must understand to build better, safer risk management practices.

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State–of–the–art risk management techniques and practices for understanding, assessing, and responding to risk in financial firms

"The title says it all. This really is ′A Practical Guide to Risk Management.′ It is an enjoyable read for almost anyone in the investment field, while still providing lots of insights to risk professionals. A very well–written book!" Roger G. Ibbotson, Chairman & CIO, Zebra Capital Management; Professor in Practice of Finance, Yale School of Management

"By combining solid probabilistic foundations with a relentless focus on real practitioner issues, Coleman has produced an invaluable reference for experienced risk managers and traders and also an introductory text for those new to the field." Andrew Morton, Global Head of G10 Rates, Citigroup; co–originator of the Heath–Jarrow–Morton interest rate model

"Very clear and easy to understand, concrete and matter–of–fact. It is a rare effort to make difficult subjects understandable while remaining true to the technical and professional foundations." Cyril Le Touzé, Chief Risk Officer, Crédit Mutuel CIC Group


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Financial Risk Management by Coleman 9 May 2012
By Brook Payner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tom Coleman's book stands out because it was written for business management as well as for risk professionals, two audiences with very different perspectives on which aspects of risk management a practical guide should cover. This well written book should appeal to both. Part One delivers the intuition and Part Two delivers the mathematics. Whatever side you're on, don't skip Chapter 5.
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Tom Coleman on Risk 7 May 2012
By David DeRosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a well-written survey of risk analysis. It will be beneficial to all students and practioners. The book balances quantitative measures of risk with real world experience. Tom Coleman has given us a book that is very useful and informative. I highly recommend this volume.
Probably the best book ever written on Quantitative Risk managment 26 Feb. 2015
By gKimm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Probably the best book ever written on Quantitative Risk managment. Easy to read and grasp. Meant for a myraid of readers with different backgrounds and interest. The size of the book should not deter you from reading. For the first time in my life I read close to 100 pages of relatively new and hard stuff within 4 hrs. Yes it was that easy to assimilate. The biggest strength of the book lies in its structure. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone new or old in the field as reference guide.

Thank you Thomas for such an exceptional scholarship!!!
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