The drivers of risk


With billions of dollars at stake in their credit portfolios and trading operations, banks have been forced to look much more closely at the risks they take every minute of the day. Yet many financial institutions ignore a much more fundamental type of risk: their choices about which markets to participate in, how to compete in those markets and the impact of those choices on the risk profile of their institutions. This can be termed strategic risk.

A recent study by Marakon Associates, an

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