(Un)Calculated Risk | by Peter Orr of Intuitive Analytics

1 thing to know - Bettors, Bookies, and Tax-exempt Debt Managers

Posted by Peter Orr on May 09, 2013

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people" - W.C. Fields 

Read More

Are munis over-hedged with swaps? pt1

Posted by Peter Orr on Jun 25, 2009

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Read More

VaR and the Meltdown

Posted by Peter Orr on Jan 05, 2009

If you didn't catch it, the NYT magazine this weekend had a cover story on risk which posed the question, was management or specifically risk management more responsible for the current financial mess in which we now sit? Not unexpectedly, Mr. Black Swan himself got a good dose of coverage railing against the utter folly of VaR and seemingly anyone who attempts to quantify anything about risk in finance. The other corner is represented by the leadership at RiskMetrics, Sunguard, etc weighing in with the "calculating risk has benefits" position, given it (VaR) provides relevant and useful information the majority of the time. Taleb's point is the "majority of the time" doesn't matter much after insolvency.

Read More