Quantitative Measures of Operational Risk: An Application to Funds Management
19 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2012 Last revised: 26 May 2012
Date Written: May 21, 2012
Basel II defines operational risk as the risk of direct or indirect loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes people or systems or from external events. In the past decade there have appeared a number of quantitative approaches to measuring this risk, approaches that abstract from market risk and reputational risk. The challenge is to develop operational risk measures in an asset management context where there is only limited information available about the incidence and severity of operational loss events. We survey different approaches to this problem and argue that managing this risk through operational due diligence is a source of alpha in this funds management context.
Keywords: Operational risk, AMA, operational due diligence, hedge funds
JEL Classification: G2, K2
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