Economic Capital, 1st Edition

How It Works, and What Every Manager Needs to Know

Economic Capital, 1st Edition,Pieter Klaassen,Idzard van Eeghen,ISBN9780123749017


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Key Features

    • Explains ways to use economic capital in balancing risk and return
    • Evaluates solutions to problems encountered in establishing an economic capital framework
    • Emphasizes intuition
    • Draws special attention to embedding risk modelling approaches within economic capital frameworks


    Managers can deploy and manage economic capital more effectively when they understand how their decisions add value to their organizations. Economic Capital: How It Works and What Every Manager Needs to Know presents new ways to define, measure, and implement management strategies by using recent examples, many from the sub-prime crisis. The authors also discuss the role of economic capital within the broader context of management responsibilities and activities as well as its relation to other risk management tools that are available to the modern risk manager.


    Senior managers in banks, insurers, supervisors and regulators, risk professionals, and analysts

    Pieter Klaassen

    By Pieter Klaassen, Managing Director of Firmwide Risk Aggregation at UBS A.G. He holds a PhD in operations research from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has global responsibility for development and refinement of economic capital models for credit, country, market, operational, interest-rate and business risk. In this position he has close interaction with business, finance, ALM and other risk management departments concerning the application of these models for performance, risk, portfolio and capital management. He is also responsible for quantification of EC for additional risks, and establishment of internal capital adequacy assessment and global responsibility for development and refinement of the bank’s counterparty exposure methodologies for derivatives.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Managing Director of Firmwide Risk Aggregation at UBS A.G. He holds a PhD in operations research from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Idzard van Eeghen

    Idzard van Eeghen is Group Senior Vice President of Integrated Risk Management at ABNAMRO Bank N.V. Mr. Eeghen holds two degrees: masters in economics and masters in financial economics. In his current position he is responsible for managing the Group’s country risk exposure; policies and use of economic capital including stress testing and loan pricing tools; risk disclosure; development and introduction of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Group Senior Vice President of Integrated Risk Management at ABNAMRO Bank N.V. Mr. Eeghen holds two degrees: masters in economics and masters in financial economics.

    Economic Capital, 1st Edition

    Chapter 1: Measuring the Unexpected: Understanding Economic Capital

    Chapter 2: Show Me the Money: The Purpose of Economic Capital

    Chapter 3: You Manage What You Measure: Defining Economic Capital

    Chapter 4: Running the Numbers: Measuring Economic Capital

    Chapter 5: Facing Reality: Implementing Economic Capital

    Chapter 6: Team play: Economic Capital and its Context

    Chapter 7: What’s Next? The Future of Economic Capital

    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

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