Financial risk management is the practice of protecting economic value in a firm by using financial instruments to manage exposure to risk: operational risk, credit risk and market risk, foreign exchange risk, shape risk, volatility risk, liquidity risk, inflation risk, business risk, legal risk, reputational risk, sector risk etc. Similar to general risk management, financial risk management requires identifying its sources, measuring it, and plans to address them.
Financial risk management can be qualitative and quantitative. As a specialization of risk management, financial risk management focuses on when and how to hedge using financial instruments to manage costly exposures to risk.
In the banking sector worldwide, the Basel Accords are generally adopted by internationally active banks for tracking, reporting and exposing operational, credit and market risks. The major tools employed  are value at risk, stress testing, "sensitivities" analysis, and xVA.
Uses of financial risk management
Neoclassical finance theory (i.e., financial economics) prescribes that a firm should take on a project if it increases shareholder value. Finance theory also shows that firm managers cannot create value for shareholders, also called its investors, by taking on projects that shareholders could do for themselves at the same cost.
When applied to financial risk management, this implies that firm managers should not hedge risks that investors can hedge for themselves at the same cost. This notion was captured by the so-called "hedging irrelevance proposition": In a perfect market, the firm cannot create value by hedging a risk when the price of bearing that risk within the firm is the same as the price of bearing it outside of the firm. In practice, financial markets are not likely to be perfect markets.
This suggests that firm managers likely have many opportunities to create value for shareholders using financial risk management, wherein they have to determine which risks are cheaper for the firm to manage than the shareholders. Market risks that result in unique risks for the firm are commonly the best candidates for financial risk management.
The concepts of financial risk management change dramatically in the international realm. Multinational Corporations are faced with many different obstacles in overcoming these challenges. There has been some research on the risks firms must consider when operating in many countries, such as the three kinds of foreign exchange exposure for various future time horizons: transactions exposure, accounting exposure, and economic exposure.
- Asset liability management
- Cash flow hedge
- Cash management
- Corporate governance
- Climate-related asset stranding
- Credit risk
- Default (finance)
- Enterprise risk management
- Finance § Risk management
- Financial risk
- Financial engineering
- Foreign exchange hedge
- Interest rate risk
- Investment risk
- Liquidity risk
- Market risk
- Operational risk
- Risk adjusted return on capital
- Risk modeling
- Risk pool
- Security management
- Settlement risk
- Treasury management
- Valuation risk
- Value at risk
- Volatility risk
- American Risk and Insurance Association
- Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce
- Global Association of Risk Professionals
- Institute of Risk Management
- Professional Risk Managers' International Association
- Risk and Insurance Management Society
- Certified Risk Analyst (CRA)
- Certified Risk Manager (CRM)
- Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA; Society of Actuaries credential)
- Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
- Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA; Institute and Faculty of Actuaries credential)
- Institute of Risk Management#IRM Courses (MIRM designation; ERM focused)
- Professional Risk Manager (PRM)
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- CERA - The Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst Credential - Society of Actuaries (SOA)
- Financial Risk Manager Certification Program - Global Association of Risk Professional (GARP)
- Professional Risk Manager Certification Program - Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA)
- Managing a portfolio of stock and risk-free investments: a tutorial for risk-sensitive investors
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