Dynamic Hedging is the definitive source on derivatives risk. It provides a real–world methodology for managing portfolios containing any nonlinear security. It presents risks from the vantage point of the option market maker and arbitrage operator. The only book about derivatives risk written by an experienced trader with theoretical training, it remolds option theory to fit the practitioner′s environment. As a larger share of market exposure cannot be properly captured by mathematical models, noted option arbitrageur Nassim Taleb uniquely covers both on–model and off–model derivatives risks. The author discusses, in plain English, vital issues, including: The generalized option, which encompasses all instruments with convex payoff, including a trader′s potential bonus. The techniques for trading exotic options, including binary, barrier, multiasset, and Asian options, as well as methods to take into account the wrinkles of actual, non–bellshaped distributions. Market dynamics viewed from the practitioner′s vantage point, including liquidity holes, portfolio insurance, squeezes, fat tails, volatility surface, GARCH, curve evolution, static option replication, correlation instability, Pareto–Levy, regime shifts, autocorrelation of price changes, and the severe flaws in the value at risk method. New tools to detect risks, such as higher moment analysis, topography exposure, and nonparametric techniques. The path dependence of all options hedged dynamically. Dynamic Hedging is replete with helpful tools, market anecdotes, at–a–glance risk management rules distilling years of market lore, and important definitions. The book contains modules in which the fundamental mathematics of derivatives, such as the Brownian motion, Ito′s lemma, the numeraire paradox, the Girsanov change of measure, and the Feynman–Kac solution are presented in intuitive practitioner′s language. Dynamic Hedging is an indispensable and definitive reference for market makers, academics, finance students, risk managers, and regulators. The definitive book on options trading and risk management "If pricing is a science and hedging is an art, Taleb is a virtuoso." –Bruno Dupire, Head of Swaps and Options Research, Paribas Capital Markets "This is not merely the best book on how options trade, it is the only book." –Stan Jonas, Managing Director, FIMAT–Society GARCH "Dynamic Hedging bridges the gap between what the best traders know and what the best scholars can prove." –William Margrabe, President, The William Margrabe Group, Inc. "The most comprehensive, insightful, intuitive work on the subject. It is instrumental for both beginning and experienced traders."– "A tour de force. That rare find, a book of great practical and theoretical value. Taleb successfully bridges the gap between the academic and the real world. Interesting, provocative, well written. Each chapter worth a fortune to any current or prospective derivatives trader."–Victor Niederhoffer, Chairman, Niederhoffer Investments
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent two decades as a trader before becoming a philosophical essayist and academic researcher. Although he now spends most of his time either working in intense seclusion in his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés across the planet, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is "decision making under opacity", that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don't understand.
His works are grouped under the general title Incerto (latin for uncertainty), composed of a trilogy accessible in any order (Antifragile, The Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness) plus two addenda: a book of philosophical aphorisms (The Bed of Procrustes) and a freely available Technical Companion. Taleb's books have been published in thirty-three languages.
Taleb believes that prizes, honorary degrees, awards, and ceremonialism debase knowledge by turning it into a spectator sport.
""Imagine someone with the erudition of Pico de la Mirandola, the skepticism of Montaigne, solid mathematical training, a restless globetrotter, polyglot, enjoyer of fine wines, specialist of financial derivatives, irrepressible reader, and irascible to the point of readily slapping a disciple." La Tribune (Paris)
A giant of Mediterranean thought ... Now the hottest thinker in the world", London Times
"The most prophetic voice of all" GQ