Learning from pressure

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Thomas Muller has reasons to be cheerful. Swiss Life's profits increased by 43% in 2007 to a record Sfr1,386, billion bringing home a 50% increase in return on equity to 18.1%, leaving the group chief financial and risk officer quietly contented. But news has not always been so positive for the Zurich-based insurer, with the recent spike in earnings coming on the back of an Sfr1.7 billion loss in 2002 - a loss which sparked a rethink of the company's risk management ethos.

Although originally

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Calibrating interest rate curves for a new era

Dmitry Pugachevsky, director of research at Quantifi, explores why building an accurate and robust interest rate curve has considerable implications for a broad range of financial operations – from setting benchmark rates to managing risk – and hinges on…

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