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The Map and the Territory: The Shifting Landscape of Banking Risk




In this paper I discuss modern banks’ risk profile in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis in light of regulators’ responses, markets evolution, and stakeholders’ reactions. I then suggest risk mapping as a key analysis tool for top management to overcome the shortcomings of traditional risk assessment highlighted by the crisis. Within this approach, I present an alternative way to map risks according to severity of impact and potential management actions. Finally, I develop a risk reporting structure geared towards providing top management with a holistic picture of their company’s risk profile based on a combination of historical data, key risk indicators, expert opinion, and creative hypotheses.

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  • Scandizzo, Sergio, 2011. "The Map and the Territory: The Shifting Landscape of Banking Risk," Journal of Financial Transformation, Capco Institute, vol. 31, pages 53-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jofitr:1452

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    Risk management; risk mapping; cartography; risk reporting;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill


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