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About Paolo Sironi
Paolo is the Global Research Leader in Banking and Financial Markets at IBM, Institute for Business Value. He is senior advisor for selected global accounts, assisting service teams in Board-level and C-level conversations about business model adaptation in platform economies. Paolo founded the German start-up Capitects, then acquired by IBM, and directed the quantitative risk management department of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo. He is one of the most respected Fintech voices worldwide and co-hosts the European edition of Breaking Banks podcast. He is celebrated book author on digital transformation, quantitative finance and economics, and keynote speaker at major international events.
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Social media, big data analytics and digital technology are disrupting the banking industry, which many have taken for granted as set in stone. This book shatters that assumption by illustrating the massive changes already underway, and provides thought leader insight into the changes yet to come.
- Examine the depth and breadth of financial technology
- Learn how regulations are driving changing business models
- Discover why investors may become the price-makers
- Understand the forces at work behind the rise of FinTech
Information asymmetry has dominated the banking industry for centuries, keeping the bank/investor liability neatly aligned—but this is changing, and understanding and preparing for the repercussions must be a top priority for wealth managers everywhere. Financial Innovation shows you where the bar is being re-set and gives you the insight you need to keep up.
The financial markets have undergone a period of distress that has strained the trusted relationship between investors and financial advisors; new regulation has been forged to push for higher levels of transparency and risk-based communication as part of investment decision-making. This has ignited the quest for better portfolio optimisation techniques that can combine the added-value asymmetry of real products (as they strongly contributed to pre-crisis budgets) with the life-cycle requirements of investors, supported by intuitive graphical representation of seemingly complex mathematical relationships between real portfolios and products as required by regulation.
Upon reading Modern Portfolio Management, readers will understand the importance of simulating real securities (especially fixed income and structured products) during the making of optimal portfolios, as well as the importance of simulating financial investments over time to match in a transparent way actual goals and constraints instead of relying solely upon past performance or personal judgement.
Traditional portfolio management approaches have proven to be ineffective. Probabilistic scenario optimisation is emerging as an appealing alternative framework to facilitate the realignment of investors’ risk/return preferences with the risk/return characteristics of actual investments.
• A Modern Risk Management Perspective and The Probability Measure
• Dealing with Real Securities and Reinvestment Strategies: Fixed Income, Structured Products and Inflation
• Elicitation and Modeling of Risk/Return Time Profiles
• Review of Markowitz and Black-Litterman approaches
• Probabilistic Scenario Optimisation and Goal-based Investing
• Optimisation Case Studies
This book is a must-read for portfolio managers as well as financial advisors – in particular, all investment managers engaging in (or thinking of engaging in) long-term and goal-based asset allocations.