# Question about equations and risk factors.

Say I have two risk factors $X_1$ and $X_2$. Standard deviation for $X_1$ is $\sigma_1$ and $\sigma_2$ for $X_2$. Furthermore, $X_1$ has a mean of $\mu_1$ and $X_2$ has a mean of $\mu_2$. Correlation between $X_1$ and $X_2$ is $\rho$.

The system is as follows:

$$\begin{eqnarray} X_1 & = & \mu_1 + \lambda_{11} U_1 \\ X_2 & = & \mu_2 + \lambda_{21} U_1 + \lambda_{22} U_2 \end{eqnarray}$$

"Accordingly:
$\lambda_{11}=\sigma_1$ (1)
$\lambda_{21}^2 + \lambda_{22}^2= \sigma_2^2$ (2)
$\lambda_{21} \lambda_{11}= \rho \sigma_1 \sigma_2$ (3)"

I don't understand how they work out lines (2) and (3).

If $\Sigma$ is the variance/covariance matrix of random variables $U_1, U_2, \ldots U_n$, and $V = c + w_1 U_1 + \ldots + w_n U_n$, where $c$ is a constant, and we let $\mathbf{w}$ be the vector with the 'weights' $w_1, w_2, \ldots, w_n$, then the variance of $V$ is equal to $\mathbf{w}^{\top}\Sigma\mathbf{w}$. Moreover, if $T$ is another random variable described by weights vector $\mathbf{x}$, then the variance of $T$ is $\mathbf{x}^{\top}\Sigma\mathbf{x}$, and the covariance of $V$ and $T$ is equal to $\mathbf{x}^{\top}\Sigma\mathbf{w}$.
In your problem, $$\Sigma = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$$ and you are looking at weights vectors $[\lambda_{11}\,0]$ and $[\lambda_{21}\,\lambda_{22}]$, thus the variance of $X_1$ is $\lambda_{11}^2$, which is the first equation, and the variance of $X_2$ is $\lambda_{21}^2 + \lambda_{22}^2$, which is the second equation. Computing the covariance of $X_1$ and $X_2$ gives the third equation.