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Market Risk Analysis: Quantitative Methods in Finance, Practical Financial Econometrics, Pricing, Hedging and Trading Financial Instruments, Value-at-Risk Models Hardcover – 23 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 1652 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Four Volume Boxset edition (23 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470997990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470997994
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.4 x 26 cm
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Market Risk Analysis is a series of four interlinked volumes written by one of the most highly acclaimed authors in the field. Carol Alexander′s pedagogical approach takes readers from basics to the most advanced analysis, each step being illustrated by relevant and practical examples. The understanding of virtually every concept or formula is consolidated with a practical, numerical example or a longer, empirical case study. Nearly all are contained in interactive Excel spreadsheets on accompanying CD–ROMs, and where this is not possible, illustrative Matlab or EView code is provided.

A new type of practical resource from which to gain real understanding

Volume I: Quantitative Methods in Finance covers the essential mathematical and financial background for the subsequent volumes. Although many readers will already be familiar with this material, few competing texts contain such a complete and pedagogical exposition of all the basic quantitative concepts required for market risk analysis. There are six comprehensive chapters covering all the calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, numerical methods and portfolio mathematics that are necessary for market risk analysis. This is an ideal background text for a Masters course in finance.

Volume II: Practical Financial Econometrics provides a detailed understanding of financial econometrics, with applications to asset pricing and fund management as well as to market risk analysis. It covers equity factor models, including a detailed analysis of the Barra model and tracking error, principal component analysis, volatility and correlation, GARCH, Cointegration, copulas, Markov switching, quantile regression, discrete choice models, non–linear regression, forecasting and model evaluation.

Volume III: Pricing, Hedging and Trading Financial Instruments has five very long chapters on the pricing, hedging and trading of bonds and swaps, futures and forwards, options and volatility as well as detailed descriptions of mapping portfolios of these financial instruments to their risk factors. There are numerous examples, all coded in interactive Excel spreadsheets, including many pricing formulae for exotic options but excluding the calibration of stochastic volatility models, for which MATLAB code is provided. The chapters on options and volatility together constitute 50% of the book, the slightly longer chapter on volatility concentrating on the dynamic properties the two volatility surfaces (the implied and the local volatility surfaces) that accompany an option pricing model, with particular reference to hedging.

Volume IV: Value–at–Risk Models builds on the three previous volumes to provide by far the most comprehensive and detailed treatment of market VaR models that is currently available in any textbook. The exposition starts at an elementary level but, as in all the other volumes, the pedagogical approach accompanied by numerous interactive Excel spreadsheets allows readers to experience the application of parametric linear, historical simulation and Monte Carlo VaR models to increasingly complex portfolios. Starting with simple positions, in the following chapters we apply value–at–risk models to interest rate sensitive portfolios, large international securities portfolios, commodity futures, path dependent options and much else. This rigorous treatment includes many new results as well as numerous applications to regulatory and economic capital allocation, measurement of VaR model risk and stress testing.

Carol Alexander′s knowledge of the industry provides unique insight to the relevant practical challenges facing market risk analysts working in the profession. Each title is self–contained, but there are numerous cross–references to the other volumes. Having taken five years to prepare, there are few other texts that match the rigour and quality of these. The four volumes together provide sufficient material for one or two years of full–time study.

Alexander has developed a new concept in publishing, allowing course tutors to adopt all the contents of the CD–ROMs including approximately 300 numerical and empirical examples, 400 graphs and figures and 30 case studies for their own teaching purposes.

About the Author

Carol Alexander is one of the world′s leading authorities on market risk analysis. She is Professor of Financial Risk Management at the ICMA Centre, University of Reading where she directs a vibrant research group focusing on quantitative financial risk management. In her role as Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Professional Risk Manager′s International Association (PRMIA) she has been a driving force for the setting of global standards in the financial risk management profession. Her untiring work on the Professional Risk Manager′s Handbook and on classroom and distance learning training courses now provides the means to achieve these standards. She has published around 100 academic journal articles, book chapters and books, and now ranks amongst the world′s best–known authors in financial risk management and quantitative finance.

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Format: Hardcover
In fact I have never rate any book I bought, but this one has to be.

This four part work is really worth to read. It is not demanding neither easy. It is pleasure to read these books. I appreciate typeset, binding as well.

But the best thing is, that on every chapter, every paragraph and sentence everybody can see, that Carol does not want to refer about methods and problems, but she wants to teach you how to understand and solve.

Combination of theory and practical examples is very useful. Excel files are useful supplement. Because of enhancement of Excel, as a teaching environment it is the best place to start. Personally I would prefer R, but these books are not about coding analyses in particular software. They are about understanding these analyses. Author deserves every penny for it.
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Format: Hardcover
My only one recommendation is
buy the whole set since they are interconnected.

it's certainly worth it.

Let me add something I also found hedging topic in vol 3 much easier
to understand than many books I've read.
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A good book, finish the reading, I got a new job in market risk. Good investment!
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This is a well written piece. Also the excel templates has really helped in explaining concepts clealy for easy grasp.Coming from a country with a less developed financial market,some concepts sounds ambiguous,but this text has been able to help expain most concept clearly. Thanks Carol.
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I'm really happy to have bought these books.
I' d started reading Poul Wilmott, and I was not happy with the poor math coming out abruptly out of the blue.
Carol Alexander books has a much more rigorous math and the subject result really easy to understand.
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