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Philippe Jorion Delves into Risk

Written by Jennifer Hughey on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

events_headshots_risk_Philippe-JorionRisk management, even if flawlessly executed, does not guarantee that big losses will not occur.

Big losses can occur because of business decisions and bad luck, according to the upcoming Risk Management Conference‘s keynote speaker, Philippe Jorion. Jorion is professor of Finance, Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine.

Jorion will discuss how the events of 2007 and 2008 have highlighted serious deficiencies in risk models.

“For some firms, risk models failed because of known unknowns,” he says. “These include model risk, liquidity risk, and counterparty risk.  In 2008, risk models largely failed due to unknown unknowns, which include regulatory and structural changes in capital markets.”

Jorion will talk about how risk management systems need to be improved and place a greater emphasis on stress tests and scenario analysis. In practice, this can only be based on position-based risk measures that are the basis for modern risk measurement architecture. Overall, this crisis has reinforced the importance of risk management.

To view the agenda for the 12th Annual Risk Management Conference, visit the events section of the website. If you are interested in attending the event, please email Garth Thomas to be considered, as limited space available.

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