The Fundamental Rules of Risk Management

Nigel Da Costa Lewis

May 29, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 240 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439816189 - CAT# K10832
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Finance Series


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  • Illustrates how the rules of risk management can help you avoid disabling financial loss
  • Explains why "unreason" is the more evil twin brother of greed
  • Describes what leads people to make disastrous investment decisions
  • Shows how high intelligence can trick you into catastrophic losses
  • Presents notable lessons learned to keep your investments safe
  • Includes exercises and references at the end of each chapter


The consequences of taking on risk can be ruinous to personal finances, professional careers, corporate survivability, and even nation states. Yet many risk managers do not have a clear understanding of the basics. Requiring no statistical or mathematical background, The Fundamental Rules of Risk Management gives you the knowledge to successfully handle risk in your organization.

The book begins with a deep investigation into the behavioral roots of risk. Using both historical and contemporary contexts, author Nigel Da Costa Lewis carefully details the indisputable truths surrounding many of the behavioral biases that induce risk. He exposes the fallacy of the wisdom of experts, explains why you cannot rely on regulators, outlines the characteristics of the "glad game," and demonstrates how high intelligence or lack thereof can lead to loss of hard-earned wealth. He also discusses the weaknesses and failures of modern risk management.

Moving on to elements often overlooked by risk managers, Dr. Lewis traces the link between corporate governance and risk management. He then covers core lessons surrounding the role of risk managers as well as the difficult subject of integrated, single lens analysis of risk. The book also explores aspects of spreadsheet risk and draws on lessons learned in the information systems and software engineering communities to provide guidance on selecting the right risk management system. It concludes with a discussion on the most dominant of risk measures—value at risk.

Having a clear understanding about risk separates successful professionals, companies, and economies from history’s forgotten failures. Through examples and case studies, this thought-provoking book shows how the rules of risk can work to protect and enhance investor value.


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