Top 10 op risks 2018: unauthorised trading

Banks say threat from rogue algos outstrips that of human traders

It’s notable that, despite a year free from big losses from rogue trading incidents, almost all senior op risk bankers who spoke to Risk.net for this year’s Top 10 Op Risks said they were steeling themselves for the next major violation: whatever controls a bank has in place, most agree it remains a matter of when, not if.

“Unauthorised trading is a risk for any firm with an investment banking business of any size, and it always will be – it’s as simple as that,” states the head of op risk at

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