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Eassy: FAT-Tail attraction: dealing with worst-case scenarios


QUESTION 1 FINAL EXAM: ESSAY [50 MARKS OUT OF 100 MARKS TOTAL] Background: Nassim Taleb advocates that we should focus our attention to so-called “Black Swan” risks (or outliers) rather than expected losses (e.g. VaR) in risk management as explained in his podcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDbuJtAiABA 1) Task: Your task is to write an essay for Business Review Weekly with the following title: “FAT-tAiL attraction: dealing with worst-case scenarios” In this essay you must discuss the extent to which you agree/disagree with Nassim’s statement and explain your reasoning for the position that you are taking. In developing and supporting your position, try and consider ways in which the statement might/might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position on this issue. As much as possible, make use of published academic research findings to back up your arguments. The essay should be about 1200 words long and must be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document (Name_StudentNumber.docx) onto Blackboard. Task 2 2) Include in your submission a one-page self reflection.


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