Postdoctoral fellow: Dr. Lung Kwan Tsui, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
Lead faculty member: Dr. David Saunders, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
The consequences of the mismanagement of credit risk and mispricing of structured credit portfolios are notorious. The purpose of this project is to research, develop and implement superior methods for managing credit derivatives, from single name instruments such as credit default swaps to complex structured products, such as mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations. The algorithms investigated will employ a bottom-up approach, based on realistic modeling of the underlying collateral instruments (e.g. mortgages).
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This project deals with the mathematics of risk modeling and resource management. Using mathematical and statistical methods, the team develops new tools to help the financial services industry make better decisions about when to trade and at what price based on the available financial data. During the past year, the team focused on the development of statistical methods for measuring volatility and assessing asset pricing models in financial markets.
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Dr. Tom Salisbury, York University
With many baby-boomers entering retirement in North America, and with the increasing size of the aging population worldwide due to economic and social development, managing retirement income becomes an important question for the finance and insurance industry as well as for individuals. At the same time, corporations are stepping away from the standard “pensions" they have traditionally offered employees. As a result, individuals are responsible more often for managing the risks associated with securing their retirement income.