How ironic to have been reviewing risk management in detail, only to learn about JPMorgan’s monumental bad credit trades and risk management failures. Definitely brings this somewhat dry material to life.
Reading the story reminded me of VAR plus the extensions like IVAR and particularly TVAR (tail-risk). Apparently JPMorgan made the bad credit arb trades as part of a TVAR hedging strategy. And during Dimon’s hastily scheduled conference call yesterday he said they had changed their daily 5% VAR from $67 mln to $129. Sounds like part of a question you might come across in QBank, lol.