Ever since I started running risk management training workshops and teaching Executive MBA students, I had been looking for a textbook that walked the middle ground between plain English, as few mathematical equations as possible and exactly the right topics I needed to teach. It had to be concise and to the point yet cover the basics of quantifying risk, implementing risk policies, derivative pricing, product types and real life market applications. Easy to read but deep enough to be a handy desk reference, perhaps a cross between a HBS case and a customized text book.
The book that came closest to this was Paul Wilmot on Quantitative Finance. But the 3 volume Wilmot or the single volume Wilmot summarized text was beyond the price range of most of my students in the region.
Towards the end of 2008 we started work on a project that resulted in the product that became Risk Frameworks and Applications. Let me be honest and upfront, we had to let a few formulae in (Paul Petty will never forgive me) since the simplest pricing model also required elementary mathematics. But we compensated this failing by including as many rich cases as we could find that would help students understand and appreciate the world risk managers and derivative traders live in.
It was a book inspired by questions, not answers. While the first edition weighed in 195 pages and covered the basic essence of topics I taught while teaching derivative pricing, risk management and product application courses, it quickly became apparent that the list of topics need to be expanded. Work on Risk Frameworks and Applications started even before the first edition hit the printing press.
The second edition came out as an electronic edition this evening. New topics include multiple chapters on Asset Liability Management, Fixed Income Instruments and derivative pricing. From the mundane Forward Rate Agreement to the exotic commodity linked note. Also a brand new chapter on building Monte Carlo simulators as well as on valuation of mortgage backed securities with multiple interest rate models. Once again the focus is on pricing and applications and building models in excel spreadsheets rather than complex derivations of stochastic equations.
At almost 400 pages, the book is double the size of the first edition and possibly contains 70% of the content found on this site. Like all good books, this is a book that we wrote primarily for ourselves. While Hull and Wilmot are great texts to bang your heads against when you are studying for an actuarial or risk certification exam, building models or explaining the working of your simulator to board members requires a text written for mortals by mere mortals.
We hope that you have as much fun reading it as we had putting it together. To buy your copies at the discounted introductory price please see the Finance Training Courses. The book is listed under the Corporate Finance Section in the store.
Ps. Here is the summarized table of content for those of you who would like a quick look see…
(See below, Table of content and Bibliography)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO RISK MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORKS  
Chapter1 – Framework Chapter Two – Applications Chapter Three – Calculating Value at Risk  
PART 2: DERIVATIVES  
Chapter One – Terminology Chapter Two – Products & Pricing Chapter Three – Variations  
PART 3: DERIVATIVE PRICING  
PART 4: ADVANCED TOPICS  
 
PART 5: UNDERSTANDING COMMODITIES RISK  
 
PART 6: RISK METRICS  
Bibliography  
