MCFAM Seminar

All Seminars are at 12 noon (CDT) unless otherwise noted *

April 16, 2021

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Speaker: Dilip Madan

Title: Efficient Exposure Frontiers

Abstract: Risk is described by the instantaneous exposure to changes in valuations induced by the arrival rate of economic shocks. The arrival rate mea- sure is typically not a probability measure and often the aggregate arrival rate across all shocks is infinite. Risk management and portfolio theory are conse- quently recast as managing this exposure risk. There is no risk free exposure with all fixed income securities subject to the risks of instantaneous changes in their valuations. The reference return in the economy is that of a zero risk gra- dient return, typically estimated as negative. Required returns on assets with low risk gradients are then negative. It is also observed that required returns are robust to positions on the efficient frontier as well the construction of the frontier itself. Both equity and fixed income security frontiers are constructed as illustrations of efficient risk positions.

BIO: Dilip Madan is Professor of Finance at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He specializes in Mathematical Finance. Currently he serves as a consultant to Morgan Stanley, Meru Capital and Caspian Capital. He has also consulted with Citigroup, Bloomberg, the FDIC and Wachovia Securities. He is a founding member and Past President of the Bachelier Finance Society. He received the 2006 von Humboldt award in applied mathematics, was the 2007 Risk Magazine Quant of the year, received the 2008 Medal for Science from the University of Bologna and held the 2010 Eurandom Chair. He is Managing Editor of Mathematical Finance, Co-editor of the Review of Derivatives Research, Associate Editor of the Journal of Credit Risk and Quantitative Finance. His work is dedicated to improving the quality of financial valuation models, enhancing the performance of investment strategies, and advancing the efficiency of risk allocation in modern economies. Recent major contributions have appeared inMathematical Finance, Finance and Stochastics, Quantitative Finance, the Journal of Computational Finance, The International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, The Journal of Risk, The Journal of Credit Risk among other journals.