Category Archives: Insights
Markets change frequently and often erratically, presenting risk managers, asset managers, and investors with enormous uncertainty. Given the market volatility in recent months, it is especially important to monitor real-time risks and to test a portfolio’s resilience under future possible market fluctuations.
It was a historic moment to be remembered when crude oil plunged into negative price territory on Monday 20th April 2020. Imagine’s Data, Technical, Development and Professional Services teams stood ready to assist users in ensuring they continued to correctly calculate risk metrics across commodity trading books. While negative prices are not a new thing in financial markets, it was the first time for crude oil to exhibit such behaviour. Standard pricing models (Black Scholes) for commodity future options are not designed to handle negative underlying prices. As such, Imagine applied an ‘early roll’ of the front month contract of May crude to the June expiry as the negative settle price was confirmed.
As China confronts numerous internal and external challenges from slowing economic growth, disruption in Hong Kong and a volatile trade conflict with the United States, it may be prudent to assess and understand the risk a hard landing for the Chinese economy may pose to your portfolio.
Imagine’s interactive interest rate hedging tool, the IR Hedging Matrix, enables users to evaluate interest rate risks associated with any portfolio, book, or ledger, and returns the number of hedge contracts needed to hedge the interest rate risk.
Recently, the price of bitcoin has reached a record high—increasing by more than 500% since early this year. Due to its decentralized nature and the popularity of block chain technology, there are those who see a bright future for cryptocurrency.
When investors, clients, managers, regulators, or compliance departments request a report on their fund’s VaR, stress tests, or performance, it should be just a click away. That’s exactly what Imagine’s Dashboards and reports are designed to provide.
The sheer volume of data that Portfolio and Risk Managers must navigate throughout the day has grown tremendously as strategies have become more complex and the regulations more demanding. Every wasted click, sort, or search for the relevant data they need is a potential opportunity lost.
The result of the United States presidential election last week delivered more than just a surprising new Commander in Chief--the markets surprised, too. Initial reactions to the news that Donald Trump was the likely winner at approximately 1:00 EST shocked markets and crushed risk appetite – much as many had expected.