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Risk Management in Financial Institutions: Strategies for Future Preparedness
Risk management in financial institutions faces challenges in privacy, tempo, and preparing for infrequent major incidents, necessitating a culture of openness, real-time agility, proactive strategies, and robust leadership to effectively navigate these complexities.
Jun 11, 2024
Kanwardeep Ahluwalia
Kanwardeep Ahluwalia, Deputy CRO, EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Risk Management in Financial Institutions: Strategies for Future Preparedness

  • Inherent privacy in risk management obscures smaller problems, hindering comprehensive strategies; fostering openness and a no-blame culture encourages transparency and continuous learning.

  • Speed in risk management requires balancing preemptive assessment with real-time decision-making; instilling disciplined discussions with risk takers prepares for crises.

  • Managing for infrequent major incidents poses a dilemma; engaging in regular dynamic discussions and proactive identification of small changes in risk parameters ensures readiness for larger events.

  • Formalizing risk identification involving both risk teams and risk takers helps uncover vulnerabilities and prepares for emerging risks.

  • Leadership sets the tone for risk management culture, emphasizing frequent dialogue between risk managers and risk takers; addressing conduct risk openly facilitates learning from mistakes.

  • Leveraging technology enhances risk management through early risk detection, improved data analysis, and sophisticated documentation techniques, crucial in the heavily regulated financial services industry.

  • Effective risk management requires a blend of openness, real-time agility, proactive strategies, and robust leadership, ensuring readiness for future threats and navigating everyday complexities with confidence.

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