Chief Risk Officer University of California
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I am the author of A Demon of Our Own Design. I am focused on using agent-based models to help assess and manage crisis risk, both on a practical level in my role as Chief Risk Officer and on a research level.


Bitcoin Can't Win Against Fiat Currency
If bitcoin doesn't find its way back into the shadows of the drug trade and underground economy on its own, it will be banished by the stroke of a pen, actually, of many pens.
Pension Actuaries: The Joke Is On Us
Finance is not actuarial science. It is not predicated on repeatable, or even known, probabilities. There is no appeal to the law of large numbers for the systematic risks of the financial system.
Our Low Risk (Low Volatility) World
In case you haven't noticed -- and I haven't -- we apparently are in a world of exceptionally low risk. To see this you need look no further than the volatility of the major markets.
The Crash Of 1987 -- Happy 30th Anniversary
On October 19, 1987, the stock market crashed, the U.S. equity market dropped 20% in a single day.
Can We Have An ETF Meltdown?
What is the magic that allows us to have intraday liquidity through an ETF on a market that itself trades more or less by appointment? Case in point: the high yield bond market. Or emerging markets.
Risk Management In The Long Term
Demographics can be like a slow motion tidal wave that washes over society. Look at how our institutions have changed as the baby boomers moved into school age and then college age, and then became home buyers.


C Citigroup Inc.
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
MUB iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund
WIP SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF



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Work Experience

Chief Risk Officer
University of California Office of the President
August 2015 - Present (2 years 6 months)

The pension and endowment of the University of California System, in the office of the chief investment officer. I continue to reside in New York City.

Senior Fellow, UC Santa Barbara
University of California
August 2015 - Present (2 years 6 months)
Research Principal at the Office of Financial Research
U.S. Department of Treasury
February 2012 - June 2015 (3 years 5 months)

Work on developing methods for monitoring systemic risk. Current focus is building an agent-based model for the U.S. financial system, with the objective of detecting vulnerabilities in financial stability, charting the possible course of financial crises, and informing policy actions to stem those crises.

Senior Policy Adviser to the Financial Stability Oversight Council
U.S. Department of Treasury
March 2011 - March 2014 (3 years 1 month)

Helped develop the process and governance structure for the risk management of the U.S. financial system. Construct and evaluate risk hypotheses.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1974 / 1977
Brigham Young University
1968 / 1974