Kamakura Releases Powerful Multi-Threaded KRM Version for Simulation of Interest Rate Risk, Market Risk, Credit Risk and Capital
HONOLULU, July 26, 2007: Kamakura Corporation announced today that a powerful multi-threaded version of Kamakura Risk Manager has been released to clients for simulation of asset and liability management, market risk, credit portfolio management, Basel II, and capital allocation. The new KRM version 6.4 incorporates significant advances in speed due to the enhanced multithreading capability, which is an ability to run multiple processes concurrently on either Windows or UNIX operating systems. KRM now incorporates multi-threading for option and credit adjusted valuation, deterministic and stochastic interest rate risk simulation, multi-period stochastic credit portfolio management, single and multi-period value at risk, capital allocation, and stress testing. For most KRM processes, the speed improvement is almost proportional to the number of CPU processors used by the client machine, so that KRM now runs nearly four times faster on a four chip machine than the same process on a single chip machine. As part of the speed enhancement, Kamakura has also employed an advanced memory allocator used by organizations like AOL, British Telecom, Novell, and Reuters.
"KRM has now been significantly enhanced both in terms of speed and ease of use via an extensive link with Kamakura's KRIS default probability service," said Warren Sherman, Kamakura President and Chief Operating Officer. "By combining a high speed Monte Carlo simulation with the full term structure of default probabilities available in KRIS, KRM users have a very powerful ability to simulate cash flows, losses, financial accruals, capital, and mark to market values on a multiperiod default-adjusted basis. The KRM users group of clients in 23 countries has provided excellent guidance on the way forward for KRM 6.4."
Version 6.4 of KRM also includes a number of other new features. Version 6.4 includes additional detail for the Basel II capital requirements of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. KRM version 6.4 also senses when various ‘stop loss' triggers have been hit in a simulation, leading to a sale of the relevant security or portfolio. Version 6.4 includes application wide exception handling to detect errors in input data. Each "thread" in the multi-threaded application will evaluate the severity of the errors and take appropriate action and generate the appropriate error message or warning. KRM version 6.4 also includes the use of standard template libraries for efficient storage, retrieval and manipulation of in-memory data objects. Version 6.4 of KRM adds three new Monte Carlo simulation methodologies that can be selected by the user: randomized quasi-Monte Carlo sampling, Latin hypercube sampling, and antithetic sampling. Five new random number generators have been added to KRM version 6.4. The result is that clients can achieve significant reductions in sampling error in Monte Carlo simulations versus a traditional approach to Monte Carlo simulation. KRM version 6.4 also allows clients to audit for all KRM input and configuration data tables.
About Kamakura Corporation
Kamakura Corporation is a leading provider of risk management information, processing and software. Kamakura has been a provider of daily default probabilities and default correlations for listed companies since November, 2002. Kamakura launched its business mortality model for unlisted companies in January 2004. Kamakura is also the first company in the world to develop and install a fully integrated enterprise risk management system that analyzes credit risk, market risk, asset and liability management, and transfer pricing software system. Kamakura has served more than 160 clients ranging in size from $3 billion in assets to $1.6 trillion in assets. Kamakura's risk management products are currently used in 23 countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Japan, China, Korea and many other countries in Asia.
Kamakura's research effort is led by Professor Robert Jarrow, who was named Financial Engineer of the Year in 1997 by the International Association of Financial Engineers. Professor Jarrow and Dr. van Deventer were both named to the 50 member RISK Hall of Fame in December 2002. Kamakura management has published more than 100 publications on credit risk, market risk, and asset and liability management.
Kamakura has world-wide distribution alliances with Fiserv and Unisys, making Kamakura products available in almost every major city around the globe.
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