Operational risk

WHAT IS THIS? Operational risks are those arising from people, processes and systems – the biggest form of exposure for many industries, but one that was neglected by financial firms until the collapse of Barings Bank in 1995. It was added to the Basel capital framework in 2004, but attempts to model operational risk were dealt a heavy blow by the huge, unforeseen losses suffered by banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Regulators want active dialogue on op risk

BASEL - Active dialogue between banks and their supervisors is the key to the continued development of approaches to managing operational risk, global banking regulators said in a much-delayed paper on op risk sound practices issued in December.

Op risk modelling evolves

Operational risk is devilishly difficult to model, but dealers and software vendors are making headway. Automated op risk reporting, profiling and sophisticated operational value-at-risk (VAR) modelling are finally beginning to catch-on in banks.

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