Quotes and reviews
"Finally, a book that goes beyond an academic explanation of economic capital, but one that actually explains how to use it. And the timing couldn’t be better. Whether you are planning to upgrade your existing EC program or implementing a new one, Pieter Klaassen and Idzard van Eeghen have provided a wealth of ideas to guide practitioners through the many complex dilemmas that need to be navigated."
--Terry Bulger, EVP, Risk Analytics & Portfolio Management, Bank of Montreal
Klaassen and van Eeghen provide the first comprehensive treatment of the challenging subject of economic capital attribution and performance measurement. This book will undoubtedly become the ultimate reference for board of directors, senior management and risk professionals who are concerned about the survival of their firm from a solvability, performance and funding liquidity point of view, in the light of the recent events.
--Michel Crouhy, Head of Research & Development, NATIXIS
"This book is an extremely useful guide. It is written from a practitioner's viewpoint, which makes it especially practical; there is a refreshing absence of mathematical formulae, and academic discussions are quickly summarized, but there are plenty of references and footnotes for those who want to delve into these points deeper. The authors have sensibly avoided producing an orthodox "this is the right way to do it" rulebook, and clearly set out the different design choices that have to be made. I recommend this book to anyone interested in implementing or just studying economic capital."
--Chris Matten, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
"As the authors state rightly: "risks are not managed by models, but by people". With the increased importance of economic capital models for the management of financial institutions, senior managers need to understand clearly the concepts, assumptions, and limitations of these models. This book contributes greatly to this understanding by the intuitive, non-mathematical way in which it approaches the subject."
--Nout Wellink, Chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision / President of De Nederlandsche Bank
"Economic Capital provides a solid foundation for understanding the role and measurement of economic capital within financial institutions. Throughout my career, I have relied on the concepts and methods outlined in this book to support shareholder value creation. While there is growing criticism of internal models due to the turbulent times, Pieter Klaassen and Idzard van Eeghen help to bring a fair and balanced perspective to the debate, putting economic capital models in the proper context."
--Thomas Wilson, Chief Risk Officer, Allianz SE, Germany