In-house system of the year: Royal Bank of Scotland

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Martyn Brush

Stress tests have become a more important part of the risk manager’s toolkit since the financial crisis reminded banks and regulators how difficult it is to model the tail of the loss distribution – but turning an essentially qualitative process into something cohesive and rigorous is not easy. In 2012, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) found a way.

Like other institutions, RBS holds regular get-togethers in its markets and international banking (M&IB) division in which economists, traders and risk m