The Center performs and disseminates research on the most important and pressing issues in risk and portfolio management in financial markets.
Samim Ghamami will present “Static Models of Central Counterparty Risk” at the upcoming “Regulating Systemic Risk: Insights from Mathematical Modeling” workshop at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at University of Cambridge from December 15th to December 19th
Speaker: Lisa Goldberg
Date: October 8
"What Would Yale Do if it Were Taxable"
Speaker: Lisa Goldberg
Date: November 5
Center for Financial and Risk Analytics Seminar
"Futures Financing Rates"
Global Derivatives USA
Speaker: Lisa Goldberg
Date: November 17
"On a Convex Measure of Drawdown Risk"
The award was for his presentation based on Center Working Paper #2012-09, joint with Lisa R. Goldberg. The paper is forthcoming in The Journal of Derivatives.
"Autocorrelation and Partial Price Adjustment" is a revision of Working Paper 2007-03, by Anderson, Eom, Hahn and Park.
A commentary entitled "The Dynamics of Rising Interest Rates," by Anderson, Bianchi and Goldberg, was published in the August 26 issue of Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Bank and Lender Liability. The commentary was based on "The Decision to Lever" and "Will My Risk Parity Strategy Outperform?"
"The Decision to Lever"is featured in Asset International's Chief Investment Officer and is the #1 download on SSRN's Risk Management and Analysis in Financial Institutions category as of 9/6/2013; it is in the top 10 downloads in four other SSRN categories.
Martin Lettau, Matteo Maggiori and Michael Weber win the First Prize 2013 AQR Insight Award for their Center Working Paper, "Conditional Risk Premia in Currency Markets and Other Asset Classes," which is now forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics.
On March 1, 2013, "Will My Risk Parity Strategy Outperform?" received the Graham and Dodd Scroll Award. The award, given by Financial Analysts Journal, recognizes excellence in research and financial writing.
The 2009 G20 clearing mandate has increased the importance of central counterparty
(CCP) risk management substantially. International standard setting bodies (SSBs) have outlined
a set of principles for CCP risk management; they have also devised CCP risk capital
requirements on clearing members for their central counterparty exposures. There is still no
consensus among CCP regulators, bank regulators, and CCPs on how central counterparty risk should
be measured coherently in practice. A conceptually sound definition of the CCP risk capital in the
absence of a unifying CCP risk measurement framework is challenging. Incoherent CCP risk capital
requirements may create an obscure environment that disincentivizes the central clearing of over
the counter (OTC) derivatives contracts. more...
Forthcoming in Journal of Investment Management
A long-only investable minimum variance strategy outperformed the S&P 500
over the four decades from January 1973 to December 2012. Through the lens of
a factor model, we show this outperformance can be largely attributed to implicit style bets. Specifically, minimum variance has thrived by tilting away from size and volatility and toward value. As funds have poured into minimum variance in the wake of the financial crisis, and plausibly as a consequence of this trend, the value tilt has disappeared and a momentum tilt has emerged. more...
Systemic risk propagated through over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives can best be managed by a public-private central counterparty clearing house (CCP). Though private CCPs provide an adequate amount of clearing’s private good, they do not provide the socially optimal level of the public good or impure goods. By undersupplying both public and impure goods, private CCPs may exacerbate the conditions under which financial crises develop and propagate. A public-private partnership could align incentives so that the CCP produces the socially optimal level of the private, public, and impure goods. We propose using an RFQ platform with an active transaction permissioning system that uses position risk based on Monte Carlo simulation to estimate default risk and a two-part pricing scheme to efficiently price the risk retained by the clearing function. more...
Risk-based clearing has been proposed by Rausser, Balson, and Stevens  for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board in FRB  recognize that clearing requires collateral or margin to be posted in order to assure a high likelihood of protection for the clearinghouse from default of its covered contracts. Readily implemented and well understood methodologies are available for setting margin levels at both the contract and portfolio level. more...
Robert M. Anderson
Stephen W. Bianchi
Lisa R. Goldberg
Even among the most conservative and highly regulated investors such as US public pension funds, the use of levered investment strategies is widespread and growing. In the period since the financial crisis, strategies such as risk parity that explicitly lever holdings of publicly traded securities have emerged as candidates for these investment portfolios. more...
The UC Berkeley Center for Risk Management Research was established on July 1, 2013 as the successor to the Coleman Fung Risk Management Research Center. (more)