Focusing on the wide range of hedge fund strategy choices and their associated challenges and risks, this title presents a wealth of research that attempts to guide the reader past the potential pitfalls and develop thier risk assessment skills. Schachter presents cutting-edge research on hedge funds with broad coverage of investing, risk management and portfolio allocation and in-depth analysis on a variety of topics including VaR estimation, illiquidity and dynamic investment strategies. Important differences between approaches to hedge funds and standard investment choices are explored so that the reader can accurately compare and measure the pros and cons of various risk management strategies and better assess whether or not to follow a particular strategy. In addition, hedge fund investors will be better equipped to adequately measure and weigh risk against benefits in order to optimise their asset allocations to hedge funds. Finally, the title's accessible format explains technical material in detail throughout the text, making the title ideal for readers with only moderate technical knowledge.
Barry Schachter is Managing Director of Risk Management at SAC Capital Advisors, LLC, a large hedge fund. He is also the creator of GloriaMundi.org, a non-commercial website for risk management. Barry is a Fellow of the Program in Mathematics in Finance at the Courant Institute of NYU. He is a member of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel of PRMIA and the Advisory Board of IAFE. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Derivatives and Finance Letters. Prior to his current position, Barry has held positions with Caxton Associates, Chase Manhattan Bank, the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and several universities. He has also been a consultant to the International Monetary Fund. He has published his research in academic and practitioner journals, and has edited a book on derivatives in banking. He has spoken widely on the topic of risk management. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.