## Quant Training.  A free introduction to risk.

The Quant Crash Course is based on the first two hours of  Jawwad Farid’s quant training courses and covers volatility, value at risk, capital and limit management frameworks for a treasury function.

The course material has evolved over the last 12 years as part of the risk training practice run by Jawwad in the areas of derivative pricing and risk management. As part of this practice Jawwad has delivered over a hundred courses to more than 1,500 students in Bahrain, Dubai, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Singapore, Kula Lumpur, Nairobi, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The course is now available for free as part of our training samplers.

For more details about the Quant Crash Course please see Quant Crash Course comes to town as well as Quant Crash Course – the online video training series.  The total duration of the Quant Crash Course is just under two hours.

Here is the structure of the course.

Quant Training Crash Course – High Level outline

Part I – Context
Part II – Value at Risk
Part III – Capital
Part IV – Limits and Control

### Part I – Context

• Philosophy of Risk
• Understanding the Distribution
• Volatility
• Correlation

### Part II – Value at Risk

• Value at Risk
• Calculation Methods
• Exceptions
• Mindset
• Nassim Taleb

### Part III – Capital

• Capital
• Capital Allocation

### Part IV – Limits

• Limit Management
• Linking Stop Loss and Value at Risk
• Pre-Settlement Risk
 Title Duration a. Risk & Context Part 1a –  38:19 min Part 1b – 19:48 min Part 1c – 22:58 min b. Value at Risk Part 2a – 36:06 min Part 2b – 23:39 min c. Capital Part 3 – 41:15 min d. Limits Part 4 – 46:01 min

And now for the free samples.

Quant Training Crash Course – Part 1a – Context: Understanding the distribution and a review of Volatility
 Description: In part 1a, we see how we may understand the distribution or generator function, the elements that need to be considered when viewing a distribution. We review volatility and the difference between model and market prices. While there is a lot of focus on intricate volatility modelling Jawwad takes a slightly different and more intuitive approach here closer to the Nicholas Nassim Taleb school of thought.
Quant Crash Course – Part 1b – Correlations: Why vol is a friend and covariance is not?
 Description: In Part 1b, we consider how volatility and correlation may be viewed by a valuation and risk management/ risk control system. We see how increased volatility may be considered a friend to the risk system as it may lead to opportunities to make money. On the other hand we see how a static correlation assumption may be considered a dangerous element to a risk model. In conclusion we consider the importance and effectiveness of having controls and limits on a pre-trade basis rather that the post trade level that we often see in practice.
Quant Crash Course – Part 1c – Q&A: The relationship between Optionality, Convexity and Volatility and the fate of the credit manager
 Description: In Part 1c, we look at the answers to questions posed earlier in the course. We review duration and convexity; the alternative definition of convexity and its importance to the risk management process, the relationship between options, convexity and volatility. We also provide an answer to the risk manager’s effectiveness question in Part 1a by assessing the distribution of the scores of his credit portfolio and its relationship to a coin toss.
Quant Crash Course – Part 2a – Value at Risk: Extending Value at Risk
 Description: In Part 2a, we take a detailed look at Value at Risk, VaR. We consider its various definitions and the questions that it may be used to answer. We see how the tool may be extended from its traditional market risk application to other applications such as margin management and profitability calculations. We consider how VaR is used to estimate capital for capital allocation purposes, marginal capital needed for additional investments made, to make comparisons of risk measures over time. We look at the general step-by-step process followed for calculating VaR and an introduction on the difference and uses between Rate VaR and Price VaR for calculating risk on Fixed Income securities.
Quant Crash Course – Part 2b – Value at Risk: VaR Qualifications
 Description: In Part 2b, we continue with our discussion of Value at Risk, VaR, starting with the difference between Price and Rate VaR. We move onto another VaR Case study which looks at the determination of VaR using the historical simulation approach. Next we review in detail the processes behind the calculation of each of the three VaR methods, issues with each method and comparisons between them. We see how the calculation is impacted for a change in the liquidation or holding period assumption. Lastly we look at Nicholas Nassim Talebs views on VaR in particular his rules for risk management.
Quant Crash Course – Part 3 – Capital: Learning to work with capital
 Description: In Part 3, we discuss the definitions & types of capital and the shift in paradigm in recent years with regard to capital attribution. We look at how a risk framework may be built around capital and consider an example of how to differentiate between regulatory & economic capital. We consider the structure for building a capital management/ attribution model, developing a risk policy with a focus on capital attribution and risk appetite. Review types of risk for which capital is assessed and the question of capital aggregation. A look at an ICAAP model & framework and review the limits management process of a capital protection framework presenting an overview of the link between transaction and expectation driven limits, a process linking VaR & VaR based limits to Stop Loss and Capital.
Quant Crash Course – Part 4 – Limits
 Description: In Part 4, we discuss Transaction and Expectation driven limits. We present 4 parts of the limit management framework, counterparty , transaction, exposure and sensitivity limits. Within counterparty limits we focus on Pre-settlement risk limits and its relationship to volatility, Value at Risk and Worst case loss and examples of how this limit is applied to bond, equity and FX transactions. This is followed by a discussion of transaction and exposure limits and their application within a trade, security operating cycle, tenor and risk classification to an individual, trader or desk. Next, we move to sensitivity limits i.e. how the framework applied to counterparty, transaction and exposure limits can be extended in light of changes to exchange rates, interest rates, volatility, earnings, share holder value & capital.