Risk management owes a lot to the numbers crunchers. Those whiz-kids sit in the back rooms building complicated models for the managers upfront who make the allocation strategy decisions. Less dazzling minds couldn't imagine massaging hundreds of thousands of numbers--including foreign exchange rates, interest rates, equities and other financial considerations--to come up with accurate and clear readings of investment risk. Until recently.
RiskMetrics Group is among a new breed of risk companies to offer a product that makes instant crunchers, and even quants, out of anyone. The fourth, and latest, upgrade to flagship RiskManager lets portfolio managers, risk managers, treasury officials at big companies and even regulators model all positions across every portfolio in a single platform.