Week in Financial Education (June 21, 2021)

Welcome to the latest WIFE. For Part 1, we have a new practice question (PQ) set for the insurance chapter (FMP-2). I have a question about the combined ratio after dividends (CRAD). This CRAD measure is interesting because some sources subtract the dividend, CRAD = CR – D, while others (like GARP) add per CRAD = CR + D. Adding the dividend seems more logical to me and is corroborated by the Triple-I. For the new dollar/time-weighted return PQ, I think I wrote my best question so far: it extends to three periods and provides the holding period returns (HPR) so the user can focus on the essential calculation (rather than the tedious HPR and net cash flows). A warning: these dollar/time-weighted returns tend to elicit questions about the timing of the dividends! In regard to the curated links, the #rstats time series introduction is simply excellent. And I discovered a new source: https://future.a16z.com/ features an amazing cast of authors (e.g., stripe founder Patrick Collison). I’ve included an update from their Scott Kupor (MP at a16Z and author) on Direct Listings (which is a concept in the FRM.P1.FMP-1). Have a good study week!

1. P1.T3.21.4. Ratios for Property-Casualty (P&C) Insurance Companies https://trtl.bz/35G4apc

2. P2.T9.21.10. Time- versus dollar-weighted returns and risk-adjusted measures https://trtl.bz/3wKE0NJ

1. [P1.T1] Relative versus absolute VaR is a fundamental distinction https://trtl.bz/3qeSO4F

2. [P1.T1] How many years of alpha are needed for significance (skill)? https://trtl.bz/35BNbV1

3. [P1.T3] Impact of correlation between interest rate and spot price on the futures price https://trtl.bz/3gMuuD3

4. [P1.T4] Price change as bond matures (coupon versus forward rate) https://trtl.bz/3qaVsIZ

5. [P1.T4] Solution to prior exam’s VaR and ES question https://trtl.bz/3cVTA1d

6. [P1.T4] Plot of full-versus-flat bond price over time https://trtl.bz/2TRB6bj

7. [P2.T6] Can bilateral CVA adjustment artificially inflate the value of an asset? https://trtl.bz/3gI7ncO

8. [personal] Advisability of mortgage refinance https://trtl.bz/3wLd6VU

Interesting Links

1. Risk, Regulation, and Banking

  • Prove your value to the CEO: Focus more on big picture issues, less on process (Carol Williams)  https://trtl.bz/3gLEIU7
  • In conversation: Managing in extreme uncertainty https://trtl.bz/3qhm6zJ “This requires accepting that in extreme uncertainty, there is no such thing as a forecast; there are only scenarios.”
  • Ransomware claims are roiling an entire segment of the insurance industry https://trtl.bz/2TNivxo
  • The Promises and Pitfalls of the SFDR https://trtl.bz/3qaMGdY

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