Banks Need to Revisit CRO Compensation and Board Risk Committee Composition

The investigation into Wells Fargo’s community banking sales practices, including the role of risk management and the board in these practices, has many in search of questions of what could be learned to mitigate future breakdowns in the flow of information on emerging risk issues to key decision-makers. read more

Risk and Regulatory Insights: Reconciling Default Concepts for Risk Management Analytics

Various regulatory, accounting and portfolio management exercises require different credit loss estimates. This has created confusion in the industry over what measures of default to apply and how to produce them, resulting in the proliferation of multiple credit analytic tools within firms. This profoundly affects risk management activities as it has become more difficult to reconcile default estimates and communicate outcomes to decision makers. read more

Lessons in the Dynamics of Risk and Uncertainty

For some time, I have reflected on the dynamics of the firm decision-making process under imperfect information, contemplating how we, as risk managers, can improve our communication with boards and senior leaders — as well as identify the boundaries of our increasingly analytical-driven risk management processes. read more

Risk and Regulatory Insights: The Quest for Integrated Risk Analytics

Financial risk management has witnessed a revolution in advanced analytics over the last 20 years. New analytic techniques combined with quantum leaps in computing power provide risk managers with an array of tools to better measure and manage risks of various types. Integrating analytic capabilities offers great potential for risk managers and their firms; however, it remains an elusive goal for much of the financial industry. read more

Portfolio Analysis Case Study: Investment Banking Firm Licenses JWL to Overhaul Whole Loan Portfolio Analysis

The client, a U.S-based investment bank, wanted to leverage third party whole loan analytics for use within its fixed income management division.Ideally, the client wanted to be able to use one application to conduct end-to-end analytics for their residential loan portfolio. Five Bridges worked with the client and determined that the customization features offered in Javelin’s whole loan analytics platform, JWL, would offer the tools needed for the client’s project. read more

Stress Test Case Study: Leveraging JWL for Stress Testing Project for a Medium-Size U.S. Commercial Bank

Regulators had identified weakness in the bank’s risk management processes for analyzing the impact of stress economic scenarios on its consumer risk exposures. The bank needed to accelerate its stress testing capabilities beyond its in house capabilities by leveraging the Javelin Whole Loan (JWL) Platform for analyzing various stress scenario impacts. read more

Loan Loss Reserving Case Study: Large Community Bank Leverages JWL for Loan Loss Reserve Process

A large community bank wanted to migrate away from a roll rate methodology that was subject to more manual error and not easy to run each quarter to a more analytical and efficient approach. The bank did not have much modeling expertise so the enhanced methodology needed to be easily integrated into existing risk management workflow. Five Bridges approached the client about using the Javelin Whole Loan(JWL) analytics platform for its easily adapted and streamlined UI. read more