Valuation adjustments are nothing new to the capital markets, though the steady roll out of new regulations has banks always at the ready to adapt to their ever changing and increasingly onerous impacts on balance sheets. Initially this was responding to just a handful of adjustments, however the rapidly increasing number and impact of these XVA adjustments has resulted in billions of dollars of losses across the industry according to a recent Risk Magazine article.
The myriad of adjustments and hits to profitability drove the industry to begin thinking about these adjustments more holistically, delving into their relationships and their overall impact on not only the profitability of an individual trade but across the balance sheet. And the necessity to compute the capital required to support them throughout the life of the trade, has significantly increased the computational complexity, not to mention further demands for all of this information to be calculated in real time.
Substantial efforts are currently expended by market participants to provide an improved and holistic analytical framework for XVA, to improve the efficiency of the massive computational effort required for the analysis, and to implement the framework necessary to support internal management and regulatory demands (Basel, FRTB, etc.). And some market participants have taken it beyond simply mastering calculation and meeting regulatory demands to optimization techniques targeted at reversing losses and capturing increased profitability.
On March 9, 2016, featured speaker, Dr. Victor Masch Vice President of Global Strategy at Numerix, reviewed the state of the XVA ecosystem, their impacts on profitability, and offered insights into efficient ways to incorporate XVA into the management processes.
Victor Masch, PhD, Vice President, Global Strategy, Numerix
Victor Masch is Vice President, Global Strategy at Numerix and is currently working on leveraging the company's existing strong analytical and technical foundations to broaden the functionality of the current suite of products and to support continued growth.
Prior to Numerix, Victor worked at AIG for 19 years, in senior roles in Enterprise Risk Management, Finance, and, most recently, as Managing Director in AIG Investments, focusing on risk-adjusted performance measurement and portfolio benchmarking. Prior to working at AIG, Victor worked at Republic New York Corporation, Greenwich Capital Markets, and Bear Stearns. Dr. Masch received AB in Mathematics from Princeton, MS in Operations Research from Stanford, and PhD in Operations Research from Cornell.
Moderator: Moderator: Jim Jockle, Chief Marketing Officer, Numerix
Mr. Jockle leads the company's global marketing efforts, spanning a diverse set of solutions and audiences. He oversees integrated marketing communications to customers in the largest global financial markets and to the Numerix partner network through the company's branding, electronic marketing, research, events, public relations, advertising and relationship marketing.
Prior to joining Numerix, he served as Managing Director of Global Marketing and Communications for Fitch Ratings. During his tenure at Fitch, Mr. Jockle built the firm’s public relations program, oversaw investor relations and led marketing and communications plans for several acquisitions. He also oversaw the brand development of a new company dedicated to the enhancement of credit derivative and structured-credit ratings, products and services. Prior to Fitch, Mr. Jockle was a member of the communications team at Moody's Investors Service.