Market risk is not physics. It just acts like it. Until it doesn’t.
One of the early quants at former Wall Street heavyweight Salomon Brothers, Dr Lance Smith has a rich mathematical background, but believes there is much more to risk management than the mathematical models.
“A tsunami strikes Japan, or a Brexit strikes the UK,” says Smith. “Things happen that are not in the tea leaves of historical data. On the other hand, physics is repeatable. Given the same starting point and conditions, you can predict the outcome with well-defined and known probabilities.”
“Not so with the markets,” he adds. “You don’t get do overs. Traders make bets that are tilted in their favor, and the key is to make sure that you can survive the negative surprises and reap the benefits of making such bets.”
Imagine Named Best Provider of Portfolio Risk & Regulatory Solutions in Acquistion International Hedge Fund Awards
NEW YORK – May 12, 2015 – Imagine Software, the leading provider of real-time portfolio management, risk and regulatory solutions for financial firms worldwide, was recognized as the "Best Provider of Portfolio Risk and Regulatory Solutions" in the 2015 Acquisition International Hedge Fund Awards.
For more than 20 years, Imagine Software has built risk management systems for major banks, brokerage houses, hedge funds, funds of funds, and pension funds. “We are a cross-asset firm, and we do everything from equity, fixed income, currencies and commodities to all forms and flavors of derivatives,” says Imagine’s Scott Sherman.