Current Practices and their Shortcomings in Risk, Capital, Business-mix and Performance Management

Bogie Ozdemir

In the previous chapter, we discussed the environmental forces putting tremendous pressure on the ROE of financial institutions, necessitating more effective capital, interest rate and business-mix management. In this chapter, we will examine some existing practices that inhibit effective capital and business-mix management. We will cover a number of common shortcomings – inadequate capital planning and budgeting, and lack of business-mix management – as well as some unintended consequences of Basel III, suboptimal pricing and measurement problems with risk-adjusted return on capital (RAROC), inadequate management of capital volatility and procyclicality of capital, and the lack of integration among different functions within an organisation. We will also explore the evolving role of the corporate risk function within FIs and the need for change. Finally, we will conclude by identifying a number of key success factors in the new regulatory landscape.

SUBOPTIMAL MANAGEMENT OF INTEREST RATE RISK IN THE BANKING BOOK

Risk limits are ad hoc and not tied into the risk appetite

Interest rate risk is defined as the risk of a reduction in the net interest income (NII) and/or a

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