Knowledge Base Articles

Part II - Artificial Neural Networks as a Substitute to LSMC and Nested Simulations

In this article series we present a machine learning-based approach to solving a common problem in financial modelling where one is faced with the task of estimating the value of a function which requires a significant amount of computation to evaluate. More specifically a function that corresponds to a so called nested simulation aimed at for example estimating a capital requirement for a financial institution or the risk associated with a structured product for a retail investor.

Part I - Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks

In this article series, we present a machine learning-based approach to solving a common problem in financial modelling where one is faced with the task of estimating the value of a function which requires a significant amount of computation to evaluate. More specifically, a function that corresponds to a so-called nested simulation aimed at, for example, estimating a capital requirement for a financial institution or the risk associated with a structured product for a retail investor.

Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Expected Utility Optimisation

The modern wealth management industry still relies on the 50-year-old approaches to portfolio management, widely popularized by Markowitz's Modern Portfolio Theory (1952). Despite heavy criticism within the academic circles, the alternative methods remain undeservingly overlooked in practice. In the context of the modern leap for hyper-customization, we look into one of the alternatives to Modern Portfolio Theory in greater detail - the Utility-based approach.

Part II - Portfolio Construction - Sampling & Optimisation

The second part of the “Portfolio Construction”-series explores whether introducing parameter uncertainty to the model would improve the out-of-sample performance of the optimal portfolio. Additionally, the article proposes and tests two adjustments to regular utility optimisation.

Part I - Portfolio Construction - Parameter & Model Uncertainty

There is a number of challenges associated with portfolio construction based on historical data. This three-part article series explores some of the most common issues attributed to the model-based portfolio optimization: the sensitivity to changes in data, large variations in portfolio weights and the bad out-of-sample performance.

Hierarchical Clustering: Prediction of Systematic Underperformance

As machine learning methods grow in use and popularity, we explore yet another dimension of wealth management that our experts consider fit for applying such frameworks. In this article, we deploy hierarchical clustering to find more consistent ways of predicting the relative future performance of funds.

Part I: An Introduction to Self-Normalizing Neural Networks

Machine learning applications have become more prominent in the financial industry in recent years. Our new article series is exploring the benefits and challenges of using self-normalising neural networks (SNNs) for calculating liquidity risk. The first piece of the series introduces the main concepts used in the investigative case study for the Swedish bond market.

Part III: Asset and Liability Management Using LSMC - Allocation Optimisation

In the third and concluding article in the ALM using LMSC series, we focus on analyzing the optimal asset allocations in the context of changing asset classes as well as finding the optimal allocation by maximizing the risk-adjusted net asset value. The estimates based on the LSMC method are then compared to the estimates obtained from the full nested Monte Carlo method.

Part II: Asset and Liability Management Using LSMC - Accuracy and Performance

The second part of the series exploring the use of Least Squares Monte Carlo in Asset and Liability Management is focused on evaluation of accuracy and performance of this method in comparison to full nested Monte Carlo simulation benchmarks.

Part I: Asset and Liability Management Using LSMC - Introduction to the Framework

In the first part of the ”Asset and Liability Management using LSMC” article series, we outline an ALM framework based on a replicating portfolio approach along with a suitable financial objective. This ALM framework, albeit simplified, is constructed to provide a straightforward replication of the complex interactions between assets and liabilities. Moreover, a brief introduction to the LSMC method used to generate all underlying risk factors is presented.

Introduction to Credit Index Modelling

This article will discuss why it is important to model credit indices and detail a number of different approaches to this problem.

Blog Articles

No Compromise on Compliance: Leverage Financial Forecasting

At Kidbrooke, as we deliver software driving the mathematics behind sophisticated digital customer journeys, we actively work with compliance functions of financial institutions. We strive to reach swift turn-around times without compromising on rules and financial regulations. On this journey, we found four areas which help us and our clients optimize time-to-market and deliver reliable and responsible services.

Be seen to be believed: Using financial simulation to inspire your clients

Remembering her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth the II, she often said that her public appearances were important because “I must be seen to be believed.” How can wealth managers help clients visualize their financial plans? Using technology to simulate different scenarios, provide analytics and keep clients engaged is one way to proceed.

Decoding Inflation with Financial Planning Software

As European energy prices break new records, many consumers wake up to a significantly altered financial outlook. This change occurs through multiple factors. First, the increase in household outgoings makes living costs less manageable. Second, as central banks strike an increasingly hawkish tone to keep inflation expectations from spiralling out of control, rising interest rates make it more difficult for borrowers to service their mortgages.

Employer Branding: Using technology to promote pension awareness

Taking chances on new technology is not often a priority for human resource executives. They strive to achieve various objectives around recruitment, retention and productivity, but not on adopting innovation. However, achieving these objectives may be dramatically accelerated by the intelligent use of technology. Today's blog focuses on the best practices related to pension planning for employees, and how a cooperation between the corporate human resources and financial functions leads to your employees’ confidence in tomorrow.