Value-at-Risk: lets explore what it really means

risk written in grafittiAdvisers need to be able to assess portfolio and fund risks for their clients. Market risk is often seen as variability in returns, or volatility, although this has limitations. Value-at-Risk (VaR) addresses losses but needs to be correctly understood to appreciate its strengths and weaknesses. VaR relates to uncertainties in returns, probabilities, magnitudes of adverse outcomes and relationships between assets.

In this article, Quintin Rayer gives a short introduction to Value-at-Risk, including its definition, a typical VaR statement, how it is calculated, and the different approaches used.

Q G Rayer (2019), Exploring Value-at-Risk, DISCUS, available at, 4 pages, 28 February 2019.

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Dr Quintin Rayer

About Dr Quintin Rayer

Quintin is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, a Chartered Wealth Manager and holds a Physics degree from Imperial College London and a Physics doctorate in atmospheric physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.