Managing Lease Portfolios : How to Increase Return and Control Risk

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Leasing is one of today's more complex forms of financing, and, unless you have extensive experience in this arena, making informed decisions can be difficult. Over the life of a lease, its risks and returns change, and the factors that affect the risks and returns also change.

In Managing Lease Portfolios, Townsend Walker, an expert in this field, explains how to evaluate the risk of lease portfolios as well as hedge their long-term, non-traded risks. Here, you’ll learn how to apply various financial tools to your portfolio of leases and discover the work that goes into each step—such as measuring the risks of a lease, calculating the returns, and estimating the effects of diversification. Many of the ideas and concepts found within this comprehensive resource have existed for a number of years in the fields of foreign exchange, interest rate and credit derivatives, and the bond and stock markets. This book adapts and applies these concepts to managing leases. Then it illustrates how you can implement these new concepts through concrete models that have been proven to work in the real world.

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"This is a tour de force of modern financial theory applied to the lease product. Logical and well written, it is a perfect blend of theory and application. The comprehensive examples, charts, equations, and references add tremendous insight into the unique issues associated with leasing. I know of no other text that integrates these concepts so successfully."
—James J. Jordan, CFA, SVP-Investments, Verizon Capital Corporation.

"Townsend Walker is widely recognized as one of the equipment leasing industry's foremost experts in advanced portfolio analytics and theory. Dr. Walker's work has helped leading equipment lessors more effectively analyze inherent risk and manage complex equipment portfolios."
—Rick Remiker, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Capital Equipment Finance

"It is full of ideas and suggestions that should be interesting and valuable for people who are new to the field or are old hands. His explanation of the potential of lease portfolio risk management sets a high standard for the profession."
—John F. Rosenthal, Director of Risk Management, Boeing Capital Corporation

"Drawing upon elements of academia, a variety of financial disciplines, and his own extensive experience, Dr. Walker has created a work that is timely for the equipment leasing industry. For today's lessor, the ability to understand, quantify, and manipulate transaction risk and return is crucially important. To that end, Managing Lease Portfolios is a comprehensive guide and reference work that will be helpful for any lessor looking to gain a competitive edge in the rapidly changing equipment leasing industry."
—Stephen R. Harwood, President, Cypress Financial Corporation

"Whether analytical, theoretical, or practical, this book provides a comprehensive framework within which to understand risks in lease portfolios. This is a book people should read."
—Susan Noack, Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, GATX

About the Author:

TOWNSEND WALKER is a partner of APERIMUS, a firm focused on identifying the sources of risk in leasing portfolios and devising structures to control those risks. He specializes in providing lessors with sophisticated modeling and structuring services, including comprehensive portfolio analysis, capital allocation, risk assessment, derivative structuring, and more. Most recently, Walker was a managing director at Banc of America Leasing & Capital Group, where he developed a portfolio model for leases and a lease valuation model. Walker received a PhD in economics from Stanford, an MA in economics from NYU, and a BS in foreign service from Georgetown University. He is also the author of A Guide for Using the Foreign Exchange Market (published by Wiley) and Managing Risk with Derivatives.

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