Architecture and compensation

The risk architect

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Banks are faced with a significant challenge when it comes to measuring performance and finding an appropriate compensation mechanism that aligns all parties. First, the chief executive officer is measured on the performance of the bank’s stock price. The measures the market uses and the numbers the CEO watches closely are mostly accounting-based (backward looking). On the other hand, internally the bank is run on numbers that reflect economic capital, which in turn is risk-based (forward

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