Seeing Tomorrow: Rewriting the Rules of Risk

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 1, 2001 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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In high-stakes investing and business, success or failure largely depends on how well you play the game of risk-a game in which the rules of competition are constantly being rewritten. Strategies that proved effective in the past are no longer enough to win today. The key to success is not to rely on yesterday's news, but to peer into the future and ask what could happen tomorrow.

Presenting a bold new way of thinking about risk, in Seeing Tomorrow Ron Dembo and Andrew Freeman offer a dynamic framework designed to enhance our ability to make important decisions, and consequently change how we manage our investments. By incorporating investors' individual circumstances and tolerances -as well as the unique reasoning behind their decision making-this innovative approach captures much more of how we actually think about risk.

From the basic building blocks required for forward-looking risk management, Dembo and Freeman define and explore the roles and significance of such fundamentals as time horizons, risk measures, benchmarks, and scenarios. Once the foundation is laid, these elements are used to construct a solid architecture for risk management and risk-adjusted analysis that is not only general enough to be able to handle a multitude of risks, but also able to present many different measures of risk.

With clear-cut explanations and intriguing real-world examples, Seeing Tomorrow leads you step by step through the authors' groundbreaking risk rules. These include: choosing an appropriate time horizon, selecting scenarios, computing Value at Risk (VAR), assessing both the upside and downside of a potential deal, calculating Regret, and compiling a reliable Regret matrix. By combining Regret, Upside, and a measure of our tolerance for risk, the authors demonstrate how these components create a powerful new way of approaching decisions. They offer guidance on very specific real life problems-such as buying a house or suing someone-as well as on broad matters of strategy and investing.

Written by two leading authorities in the field, Seeing Tomorrow is a milestone addition to risk literature that will dramatically alter the way you view, identify, and manage risk.

It is must reading for investors and decision makers alike.

"Seeing Tomorrow is a powerhouse in the understanding of risk. With their ingenious blend of psychology and rigorous quantitative analysis, the authors have created an authoritative and innovative handbook of risk management that is essential for both practitioners and theoreticians." -Peter L. Bernstein author, Against the Gods and Capital Ideas.

"This excellent and readable book provides an innovative approach to choosing actions when the outcomes are uncertain. Anyone with an interest in improving their decision-making skills would benefit from reading this. Anyone with a professional interest in risk management must read it." -Stephen A. Ross Fischer Black Visiting Professor of Finance Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management Sterling Professor of Economics and Finance, Yale University.

"Ron Dembo and Andrew Freeman have done an excellent job of describing how to think about and measure risk. This will become required reading for businesses and personal investment executives." -Ned C. Lautenbach.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 HOW TO THINK ABOUT RISK
13
Chapter 2 THE ELEMENTS OF RISK MANAGEMENT
33
Chapter 3 OF DECISIONS AND RISK
55
Chapter 4 SWEET REGRET
73
Chapter 5 KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
109
Chapter 6 PAYING FOR PLAYING
133
Chapter 7 THE RAP TRAP AND EVALUATIONS
161
Chapter 8 OF LIFE LOTTERIES AND STOCK OPTIONS
197
Chapter 9 MAKING GOOD THINGS BETTER
223
Chapter 10 KNOW YOUR RISK
237
Afterword HOW REGRET CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
249
Index
255
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About the author (2001)

DR. RON S. DEMBO is President and CEO of Algorithmics, Inc., a leading provider of innovative financial risk management software. Prior to founding Algorithmics in 1989, he managed a risk analysis group at Goldman, Sachs, and served on the academic faculties of several universities, including Yale University.
ANDREW FREEMAN manages and edits the financial services division of the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 1994-1997 he was the American Finance Editor for the Economist in New York.

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