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Bank and Country Risk

  • Banking and Financial Markets, Regulation, Risk and Credit
  • Duration: One day
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    Bank and country risk has attained an importance for bankers, regulators and investors that has increased dramatically over recent years and will continue to do so in future. Mergers resulting in larger banks (and thus increased risk concentration) further stimulate the need to understand the inherent risks. Country defaults, deregulation of financial markets, increased competition within local and across international boundaries, mergers and megamergers, and the failure of major banks on an unprecedented scale are the main catalysts for this increased need to know.

    The course has been designed for bankers and corporate financiers needing to obtain a thorough knowledge of the business and legal issues relating to conducting business with other banks. This will concern bankers working as credit analysts, management trainees, or account and marketing officers.


    Upon the completion of this course, participants will have a basic knowledge of the political and economic factors that need to be considered when evaluating bank and country risk. They will be able to understand how banks work and operate within the business, economic, and political environment, and identify warning signals regarding problem banks. They will be able to analyse banks internationally, and assess bank risk within the context of country risk analysis. Participants will understand how to analyse banks using publicly and privately available information, and implement meaningful measures to manage their risk exposure.

    The course provides a framework in which the importance of bank and country risk can be assessed in a global context. The course incorporates the use of BANKSCOPE industry standard financial analysis database incorporating financial statements on over 13,000 banks worldwide, and advanced case study material on financial risk analysis.


    Session 1:

    Financial Analysis

    • Sources of information (public and private)

    • Interpretation of published material

    • Understanding different types of banks (Universal, Commercial, Investment/Merchant)

    • Qualitative versus Quantitative analysis

    • Accounts (Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss, and off balance sheet items)

    • Ratio analysis, historical analysis, and peer group analysis using BANKSCOPE

    • Analysing Asset Quality and Asset Liability Management

    • Bank Supervision and Regulatory Authorities

    • Basle II Capital Adequacy Accords, Tier I and Tier II Capital, and the risk weighting of assets

    • Key issues in assessing banks (Moody’s CAMEL B-COM Framework)

    Session 2:

    Country Risk Analysis

    • Country risk, local, social, political and technological risks

    • Country Risk Analysis and Modeling

    • Factors of relevance to bank exposure

    • Policy Issues

    Session 3:

    Credit Risk Management

    • Preparing for a credit review

    • Internal limits, setting and renewing

    • Internal evaluation systems

    • Role of the Credit Ratings Agencies

    • Case studies on bank failures

    • Ongoing review of counterparties and early identification of potential problems

    • What to do if a counterparty fails

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