Presentation on theme: "ERM: Enterprise Risk Management"— Presentation transcript:
1 ERM: Enterprise Risk Management David N. Ingram, CERA, FRM, PRMSenior Vice President, Willis Re
2 The agenda Goal: a better understanding of the following: The objectives and benefits of ERMSome fundamental issues in measuring riskChoosing ERM ObjectivesHow to get started on implementing Enterprise Loss ControllingBuilding a Full ERM ProgramBest practices in ERMStatus of ERM Implementation
4 ERM: new name, old stuff?“ERM is just a fancy name for what my colleagues and I here at ABC Insurance do and have been doing every day for thirty years.”“We know all about ERM. Our trained professionals check every policy we write and every asset we buy.”“Actuaries don’t need training in ERM. Risk is what our profession is all about. We are already the experts on risk.”
5 Advice from my first boss Clients pay insurers to assume some of their riskThe key to an insurer’s success is making sure it is adequately paid for doing soBe sure to maintain the right balance between risk and return.Don’t take on risk if you are not adequately paid to do so. Gladly take on risk if the price is right.It’s all about risk and return (profit)(Agree?)
6 Key questions about profit How much profit did our firm make last year?We ask similar questions about the components of profit: premiums, losses, expenses, and the likeWe calculate and report by month and quarter alsoWas that more or less than a year/quarter/month ago?Were our profits in a specific line of business (or state or county) more or less than our profits in another line of business (or state or county)?
7 Questions about profit At the very least, we expect a firm to know the following:Its overall profitsIts change in profit over timeIts difference in profit across different lines of business, territories, or functions (e.g., underwriting and investment)If it doesn’t know these things, we would seriously doubt whether the firm is well-managed. (Agree? Firms know?)
8 It’s hard to manage profit without numbers Numbers focus management attention (a scarce resource) on problems and opportunitiesNumbers provide feedback on actions taken.Are we making or losing money? Why?Are we more or less profitable than last year? Why?Where are we especially profitable and especially unprofitable?What actions can/should we take to improve our overall profitability?
9 My question to my boss So where are the risk numbers? I’ve seen numerous reports, spreadsheets, meetings, etc. that analyze our profitsWhere are the reports, spreadsheets, meetings, etc. that analyze our risks?How can you manage risk without risk numbers!
10 Questions about risk Shouldn’t we expect a firm to know the following: Its overall riskIts change in risk over timeIts difference in risk across different lines of business, territories, or functions (e.g., underwriting and investment)If it doesn’t know these things, shouldn’t we seriously doubt whether the firm is well-managed. (Agree?)
11 It’s hard to manage risk without numbers Numbers focus management attention (a scarce resource) on problems and opportunitiesNumbers provide feedback on actions taken.Are we taking too much or too little risk? Why?Are we taking more or less risk than last year? Why?Where are we taking little risk and where excessive risk?What actions can/should we take to improve our overall risk?
12 Results of managing risk without numbers We focus far more on return than on riskWe can’t compare different risksAnd we can’t compare the same risk over timeTherefore we can’t really manage risk, since we lack feedbackAnd we don’t know the risks on which we should focus scarce managerial attention
13 Managing without numbers Lack of measurement also means that we become very susceptible to potentially distorted perceptions of riskWe also become complacent, and readily attribute high profits (from low losses) to skill rather than luckDo we need to revisit the earlier quotes?“We already do ERM”“We know our risks (especially overall)”“We are already the experts on risk”So where are the reports etc. on risk?Agree? Does your firm have them?
14 What is ERM?It is an evolving body of knowledge – concepts, methods, and techniques –. . .. . . that enables a firm to understand, measure, and manage its overall risk (objectives). . . so as to maximize the firm’s value to shareholders and policyholders (benefits)
16 Measuring risk: How much risk are we taking? To answer this question we need to specify and implement a way of describing and comparing probability distributions of outcomes; we need a risk measureConceptually, there has been more emphasis on inventing new risk measures than in comparing or using existing ones in a practical way.
17 Measuring risk: How much risk are we taking? Practically, the need is for a common risk vocabulary across varied groups:Underwriters: focus on pricing riskActuaries: focus on reserve riskPortfolio Managers: focus on investment riskVarious: focus on credit risk
18 How to measure risk: quiz The table at right shows four alternatives, A through D, and the payoffs for each, with their associated probabilities.All four alternatives have the same Expected Value (EV): 100A positive number means that you receive this amount.A negative number means that you pay or lose this amount.Which alternative is the most risky? (Vote)Which is the least risky? (Vote)Probability50%49%1%EVA752575100B-20220C249-50D104-100
19 How to measure risk Alternative A has the highest standard deviation But this is due to the high upside potential of this alternative. Is that really relevant?Does giving you a lottery ticket increase your risk?Isn’t risk better defined as a potential for loss?Probability50%49%1%EVA752575100B-20220C249-50D104-100
20 How to measure risk Alternative B has the highest probability of loss. But the loss isn’t very big.Shouldn’t the magnitude of the loss also be taken into account?Probability50%49%1%EVA752575100B-20220C249-50D104-100
21 How to measure riskAlternative C has the highest expected loss, given that a loss occurs: -50 times 0.49 = -24.5That is the breakeven cost of buying insurance against loss.That is also the cost of a put option with a strike price of zero.Probability50%49%1%EVA752575100B-20220C249-50D104-100
22 How to measure risk Alternative D has the highest loss. It has the worst case loss among the outcomes shownThis is the same as the highest 1% Value at Risk (VaR)Probability50%49%1%EVA752575100B-20220C249-50D104-100
23 A key concept in the evolution of ERM: VaR 1989: Dennis Weatherstone, CEO of J. P. Morgan, asks for a report, to be delivered to him daily at 4:15 pm, that answers the following question:How much could we lose if tomorrow turns out to be a relatively bad day?Why 4:15? Because if the number was larger than he was comfortable with, there was still time to change it.
24 Why this was a great question It is short and clear. Everyone can understand it.It provides an alternative to standard deviation as a risk measureIt defines risk as the potential for lossIt focuses on a specific time horizonIt focuses on the firm as a whole (the “enterprise”) and not on numerous individual trading desksother reports focused on trading desks (where is our risk?)Its objective was managing risk, not just measuring it (4:15)
25 What is a “relatively bad day”? Analogy to weather: how cold could it get on a relatively cold day?We could answer by specifying a percentile: “95% of the time (days) the temperature stays above zero”Value at Risk (VaR): “95% of the time our losses will be less than $125 million”$125 million is therefore the 95% VaR
26 Benefits of VaR We can track risk over time: has it changed? Why? We can compare different risks to one anotherWe can determine a reward to risk ratio for different risksValue of measuring risk in dollars, as in VaR
27 Other risk measures Numerous alternatives to VaR have been created Academics have designed criteria that an ideal risk measure should satisfyVaR doesn’t meet one of these requirementsBut VaR is nonetheless widely used because it is readily understandable and transparent
28 Risk measurement issues Risk measurement is necessarily impreciseBut so is profit measurementRisk measures often focus on rare events, about which relevant data is scarce -- by definition!Example: firms often purchase reinsurance to protect against events expected to occur once in every 100 to 250 years. But we don’t have that many years of relevant data!
29 Risk measurement issues Not all risks need to be quantifiedFinancial risks are those whose potential damange can be reduced by having additional capital or reinsurance.They can typically be quantified.Non-financial risks pose potential damages that are best addressed by the use of appropriate controls. They are typically difficult to quantify.Reputational riskCriminal activity
30 Risk measurement issues The rarity of events can changeclimate change affects extreme hurricaneslegal changes affect Workers Comp or D&O losses
31 Risk measurement issues ERM is not a contest to identify the largest number of risksThe need is to focus on the most important risksThe most important quantifiable financial risks at many property-casualty firms:Underwriting riskAdverse development in loss reservesEquity (stock market) riskReinsurance recoverable default riskFixed income default risk
32 Risk measurement issues Aggregation – combining different risks to obtain overall risk – is complex if risks are interdependent (correlated)A common example: underwriting risk and reserve riskInterdependence can increase in times of financial stressExample: bond defaults and stock returns
33 Effective Risk Measurement RelevanceRelationship to financial results reportingComprehensivenessAll types of risksAll significant aspects of those risksResponsivenessReflecting changes in levels of risks over reporting periodPracticalitySchedule comparable to financial results reportsReasonable cost to produceAbility to project alternatives over planning period
35 Strategic integration Adapted from Standard & Poor’s ERM ObjectivesLink with strategyValue optimizationHighStrategic integrationMediumLoss ControllingRisk measurementERM has been developing for about 20 years.This graphic shows one path that ERM has followed. Or call it an ERM Conceptual Framework.The ERM processes start out in the bottom left with a program that is compliance based. The objective is to control risks. At this stage, there is usually very little connection between ERM and firm strategy.The next stage in development is ADD loss minimization focus. This means that There is identification of the largest risks and a more priortized approach based on the size of potential losses.Often in this stage, the main focus is to make sure that the risks taken by the firm are only the risks that the firm wants. A fully developed system will set aggregate loss limits and control risks to stay within those aggregate limits. The objective of a loss minimization system moves into Balance sheet protection with the focus on the larger risks that could impair the balance sheet. As managers focus on the largest risks, there is a natural growth of awareness of the relation between the size of the larger risks and the strategic importance of the activity that leads to that risk.The next two steps bring in the idea that risks can be actively managed. By managing, it means that the firm might take on risks that it ultimately might not want but has developed methods to actively manage their exposures to keep what they want to retain. Risk measurement is when the firm moves from separate measurements for each risk to broadly consistent measurements across all risks. Usually, these risk management and measurement systems have some significant costs for development and ongoing operations. These costs will at first be focused on the most strategically important risks. Ultimately the full risk measurement development is motivated by a a drive to consistency in approach to risk. A major focus in these stages is the pricing of risk. Active risk management is only possible if risks are priced within the firm at a level that is consistent with the markets where they will want to resell (or offset) their risks. Pricing ultimately means developing a position on the appropriate risk reward trade-offs. This is applied in this stage to the micro transaction level decision making.The Strategic Integration stage is when the information gathered in the prior stages now becomes usable and used in the strategic decision making process. Top mangement and the board now start to look at the risk reward information on a line of business and/or regional and/or legal entity basis. Firms at this stage of ERM development will often use RAROC style internal financial statements. They will look to optimize the joint risk reward position of the entire firm. This process becomes a major concern of the strategic decisionmaking process.Finally, in the ultimate stage of development, management moves to looking at the total franchise value. This look adjusts from a ratio approach of RAROC to an absolute value approach. This also can take into account multi year decisions and resultant revenues. Where the RAROC approach takes in only a single point in the risk curve, the value approach recognizes multiple points on the loss distribution that may affect value. A shift to value requires a clearer look at volume related issues also.Now, these six stages can be grouped into three major groups, Risk Controlling, Risk Trading and Risk Steering. And the developmental idea can be dropped to just think of these activities as three different parts of ERM, with different objectives.Risk managementRisk SteeringLoss minimizationLowRisk TradingComplianceBalance sheet protectionRisk/return optimizationRisk controlValue creationObjective of ERMAdapted from Standard & Poor’s
36 ERM Objectives Loss controlling limit exposures and therefore losses ERM adds aggregate approach to risk toleranceRisk tradinggetting paid for risks takenERM adds consistent approach to risk marginsRisk steeringstrategic choices to improve valueERM adds risk vs. reward point of viewRisk Controlling is basic to all firms in all industries. ERM also adds an attempt at consistency in approach to risks based on business financial considerations rather than history and prejudices. In Insurance companies this includes insurance underwriting and claims controls plus investment limits and controls. In Non-financial firms this includes treasury activities around cashflow management, loss control activities, corporate insurance, business continuity, IT security. In all firms operations risks would be includes here.Risk Trading includes all hedging Activities. In insurance, it includes the pricing of risk.Not all firms in all industries will have any activities in Risk Trading. Many firms hedge FX. Energy and Ag firms often hedge raw materials risk.Risk Steering also applies to all industries. What ERM adds to the strategic discussion is to provide some rigor to the discussion around risk at the strategic level, rather than the mystically invoked idea that “you have to take a risk to get a reward” to a discussion of how much risk for how much reward.
37 4 Getting started on Enterprise Loss Controlling
38 Key Risks & Controls Process Self Assessment Five StepsRisk IdentificationRisk AssessmentRisk Control AssessmentHeat Map DevelopmentRisk Plan
39 Risk Identification ERM Which are your Risks? Too Narrow Too Broad CreditRiskInsuranceMarketLiquidityGroupOperationalERMToo NarrowToo Broad
40 Risk Assessment How Significant are your risks? Subjective Assessment Consensus viewFrequency / SeverityRank largest
41 Risk Prioritization Level 1 – For Board & Top Management Level 2 – For Middle ManagementLevel 3 – For Supervisors
42 Risk Prioritization Level 1 Risks ActionableTop Management FocusTake to BoardTake to AM Best
43 Risk Control Assessment For Most Significant RisksHow effective are your existing control processes?For the best controlled risks, how much risk is left after the control process? Are they still significant?Subjective AssessmentNot as easy to reach consensus
45 Risk Control PlanChoose High Priority Risks (In the Red) to address this yearPlan will be to:Prepare detailed documentation of existing control processesResearch and identify best practice control processesCompare existing to best practiceChoose improvements to makeImplement improvements
47 Key “First Step” Issues Your audienceKey risksAspects of riskRisk AppetiteDeveloping best practicesCommunicating ERM
48 Your Audience CEO Board of Directors Public disclosures Analyst calls Rating agenciesGeneral managementCustomersVendors, partners, counterparties
49 Know your Audience For each audience identify: risk appetite types of risksquantum of risk (compared to capacity)needs and expectationstheir perspective of what is inside vs. outside of ERMto what extent do they expect management to beDesirability of minimal/maximal satisfactiongoals?what is considered success?
50 Key Risks Change – not on most lists, but most important Insurance – the most obviousInvestment – the most recentOperational – “people” risks
52 Managing Risk From Changes How does risk profile change?Does the change make the firm more risky or less?What are your options for dealing with that?What are you going to do?Is your Risk Management still adequate after the change?Can you manage any new risks?Do you have the right people, structure, accountability & reporting?Are you executing your change process & change risk management plan effectively?Monitoring, feedback and adjusting the plan.
53 Aspects of Risk Type A - Short term volatility of cash flows in 1 year Type B - Short term tail risk of cash flows in 1 yearType C - Uncertainty risk (also known as parameter risk)Type D - Inexperience risk relative to full multiple market cyclesType E - Correlation to a top 10 riskType F - Market value volatility in 1 yearType G - Execution risk regarding difficulty of controlling operational losses
54 Aspects of RiskType H - Long term volatility of cash flows over 5 or more yearsType J - Long term tail risk of cash flows over 5 years or moreType K - Pricing risk (cycle risk)Type L - Market liquidity riskType M - Instability risk regarding the degree that the risk parameters are stable
55 Impact of Multiple Risk Aspects There is a danger that any aspect of Risk that you ignore will accumulate in your portfolio.i.e. CDS risk management. ignored liquidity risk
56 Risk Appetite Understanding Risk Capacity (Tolerance) and Risk Appetite (How much of Capacity will be used)Discussions of:Peer Comparisons, RBC, Rating Agency Views, Historical Loss Scenarios, Future Loss Scenarios, Economic Capital, Franchise Value, Effective Risk Appetite, Risk Preferences , earnings volatility, ruin
57 Risk Appetite Key Questions: What have been the most successful decisions over the past 5 – 10 years?What adverse experience was avoided due to management/board actions and decisions over the past 5 – 10 years?What is the worst experience over the past 20 years?What is the worst experience that a peer company have in the past 20 years?What are the most significant risks at the current time?Where does the company expect to be in relation to peers 5 or 10 years in the future?What are the financial measures that are the most important to management and board?Based upon those financial measures, how would management and board define a great year, a good year, a fair year, a poor year, a terrible year and a disastrous year?What are the sorts of business opportunities that companywould never consider doing?would like to be doing more of?might do if the returns look to be very good?How would company see itself performing in a year when experience for the risks taken by company are at a worst in 20 year level?
58 Types of Risk Appetite Statements Ratings Based – Insurer will not take risks that will endanger their rating from AM Best.Risk Based Capital Based – Insurer will maintain an RBC Ratio of at least xxx%Event Based – Insurer will maintain capital to support a loss at least as large as experienced from Hurricane Katrina along with an investment loss like 2001.Probability Based – Insurer will maintain capital so that the probability of a loss exceeding capital is no more than 3 in 10,000 (AA S&P level)Value Based – Insurer will maintain a level of capital the produces the best franchise value for the firm with the risks takenEarnings Based – Insurer will not take any risks that could result in the loss of earnings of more one quarter’s average earnings over the past 5 years.Capital Based – Insurer will not take risks that will produce a loss of more than 25% of capital at the 1/250 probability level.
60 ERM Fundamentals1. Risk Identification: Systematic identification of principal risksIdentify and classify risks to which the firm is exposed and understand the important characteristics of the key risks2. Risk Language: Explicit firm-wide words for riskA risk definition that can be applied to all exposures, that helps to clarify the range of size of potential loss that is of concern to management and that identifies the likelihood range of potential losses that is of concern. Common definitions of the usual terms used to describe risk management roles and activities.3. Risk Measurement: What gets measured gets managedIncludes: Gathering data, risk models, multiple views of risk and standards for data and models.
61 ERM Fundamentals4. Policies and Standards: Clear and comprehensive documentationClearly document the firm's policies and standards regarding how risks will be taken and how and when the firm will look to offset, transfer or retain risks. Definitions of risk-taking authorities; definitions of risks to be always avoided; underlying approach to risk management; measurement of risk; validation of risk models; approach to best practice standards.5. Risk Organization: Roles & responsibilitiesCoordination of ERM through: High-level risk committees; risk owners; Chief Risk Officer; corporate risk department; business unit management; business unit staff; internal audit. Assignment of responsibility, authority and expectations.6. Risk Limits: Set, track, enforceComprehensively clarifying expectations and limits regarding authority, concentration, size, quality; a distribution of risk targets and limits, as well as plans for resolution of limit breaches and consequences of those breaches.
62 ERM Fundamentals 7. Risk Management Culture: ERM & the staff ERM can be much more effective if there is risk awareness throughout the firm. This is accomplished via a multi-stage training program, targeting universal understanding of how the firm is addressing risk management best practices.8. Risk Learning: Commitment to constant improvementA learning and improvement environment that encourages staff to make improvements to company practices based on unfavorable and favorable experiences with risk management and losses, both within the firm and from outside the firm.
70 Benefits of Risk Management (James Lam) Market Value ImprovementDue to decreased volatility2. Early Warning of RisksRisk management replacesCrisis Management3. Reduction of Losses4. Rating Agency Capital Relief5. Risk Transfer RationalizationReinsurance cost/benefit6. Corporate Insurance Savings
71 Potential Benefits Potential Benefits of Effective Risk Management Better able to take advantage of new business opportunities.Reduction in management time spent “fire-fighting”Higher share pricePotential Benefits(ICA)Increased likelihood of change initiatives being achieved.Fewer sudden shocks and unwelcome surprises.More focus internally on doing the right things properly.Lower cost of capital.Competitive advantage.Better basis for strategy setting.
72 Moody’s View of Risk Management Environment More RiskyMore complex productsHigher regulatory scrutinyReinsurers leaving marketsInsurers ResponseStress TestingRisk Management Committee/CRO
73 What is the difference between Risk Management and ERM? An ERM Program comprehensively applies Risk Management…across ALL of the significant risks of the EnterpriseConsistently across the risksConsistently with the fundamental objectives of the enterpriseStandard & Poor's
74 Full Benefits of an ERM Program Once a firm’s enterprise wide risks are identified and objectives are set, an ERM Program should…Develop and maintain systems to periodically measure the capital needed to support the retained risks of the companyReflect the risk capital in:strategic decision making,product design and pricing,strategic and tactical investment selectionfinancial performance evaluationThe product of a fully-realized ERM Program is the optimization of enterprise risk adjusted returnStandard & Poor's
75 Benefits of Integrated Risk Management Strategy Avoid “land mines” and other surprisesImprove Stability & Quality of EarningsEnhance growth and shareholder returnBy more knowledgeably exploiting risk opportunitiesIdentify specific opportunities such as natural synergies & risk arbitrageReassure stakeholders that the business is well managedLife Office Management Association (USA)
80 ERM Benefits & Uses Insurance = Risk Taking Risk Management = Managementfor Insurance CompaniesRisk Management => systematic risk selectionas more insurance companies adopt risk management they will select the better riskscompanies without RM will not know
81 ERM Benefits & Uses Communicating with Regulators & Rating Agencies Risk Management can provide language for dialogue with RACommunicating with BoardMarkets become more volatileas more financial institutions use Risk Management
83 Solvency 2 & ERMPillar 2Article 43 requires firms to have an effective risk management system.Requires firms to consider all risksRisk management system to be fully integrated into the organisation
84 GFC & ERM“Progress has been made in strengthening Risk Management”Leaders' Statement from G20 Summit, 2009
85 Risk Management & the Board of Directors Nine Themes For Interaction with Management
86 Risk Management & The Board 1. An advance agreement with management regarding:the quantity and quality of risks that the firm is expected to take in the coming year andhow much variability management expects there to be in what actually happens.This will naturally lead to a discussion of how far away from plan things can get before another discussion between management and the board is in order.
87 Risk Management & the Board 2. Regular updates in the quantity and quality of risks that are actually being taken by the firmas well as the quantity and quality of risks retained.One of the major issues that banks have faced in the current crisis is that some of their risk offset programs were not as effective as management had expected and very large gross risk positions that were thought to be transferred or offset did become the responsibility of the bank when the losses started to occur.Board reporting had focused only on net retained risks which put the board outside the discussions of how much gross risk was acceptable.
88 Risk Management & The Board 3. Information about the changes in the environment that might indicate that certain risks might be increasing.This information would be in the form of trending of key risk indicators
89 Risk Management & The Board 4. Information about the continuous changes that management is making to the plans in response to the changing environmentas they relate to the quantity and quality of risk.Too often management appropriately changes course and defers mentioning that to the board. The lack of mention of “course corrections” should be seen as a sign of potential trouble by the board.Management and the board should agree how far things can drift from plan before management is expected to both do something different and mention that to the board.
90 Risk Management & The Board 5. An advance discussion of losses.Management and the board must recognize that the word “risk” is short for “risk of loss”.It is uncommon to have these advance discussions.When firms experiences losses, there is often a period of uncertainty during which no one knows whether this loss exceeds the tolerance of the board and how the board might react.While it does not make sense to expect there to be an exact list of expected reactions, there is much to be gained by having this discussion before a real loss occurs.
91 Risk Management & The Board 6. Appointing members of top management to be individually assigned personal responsibilityfor each of the major risks andrisk/loss aversion practices of the firma risk management best practice that is internationally recognized.A regular update by the top management individuals that have been given these responsibilities, confirming that they have sufficient resources, both in quantity and quality, to achieve the objectives for loss limitation and reporting on the status of projects to improve capabilities.
92 Risk Management & The Board 7. A periodic discussion of the unusual and adverse events that might unpredictably impact on the firm and the ways in which management expects to prepare for such events.
93 Risk Management & The Board 8. When a major corporate strategic initiative comes to the board for notice or approval, discussion of the ways that this action changes the risk of the firm.The board should know whether a headline action further concentrates the risks of a firm or whether is broadens the risk exposures.If there are additional concentrations of risks, then it would be important to hear more about the additional diligence to the existing loss aversion actions.If it is a diversifying risk, then the board should be hearing about the new risk/loss aversion actions that are contemplated.Too often, management diversifies into a new risk and thinks that loss aversion is unnecessary because of diversification. The term for that type of risk management decision is de_WORSE_ification. For new risks, risk/loss aversion plans are particularly needed because of management’s lower experience wit the new risk.
94 Risk Management & The Board 9. When management discusses the major strategies of the firm with the boarddiscussions should include recognition of the implications of the strategic plans on the firm's risks and the risk/loss aversion plans.The board should be sure that the plans for growth of the firm reach for faster growth of expected profits than the rate of growth of risks.
95 Thank You David N Ingram, CERA, FRM, PRM Willis Re, New York, USA
97 ERM Learnings from the School of Very Hard Knocks David Ingram, CERA, FRM, PRM
98 Who Got the Knocks? Knocked Down HSBC IKB NIBC UBS Goldman Sachs JP MorganRating AgenciesInvestorsTaxpayersKnocked OutBear StearnsCountrywide, New CenturySachsenLB Lehman BrothersMerrill LynchNorthern RockWachoviaFreddie MacFannie MaeAIGWashington Mutual
99 PRELUDE - Where to Start? June 2003: Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan lowers federal reserve’s key interest rate to 1%, the lowest in 45 years.: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Nevada record housing price increases in excess of 25% per year.2005: Booming housing market halts abruptly in many parts of the U.S. in late summer.2006: Prices are flat, home sales fall, resulting in inventory buildup. U.S. Home Construction Index is down over 40% as of mid-August 2006 compared to a year earlier.May 5: In possibly the first casualty of the looming subprime crisis, Washington based Merit Financial Inc. files for bankruptcy and closes its doors, firing all but 80 of its 410 employees, kept to wind down the business. Chief financial officer, Ryan Kidd, said that Merit’s marketplace had declined about 40% and sales were not bringing in enough revenue to support the overhead of running the company.2007: Home sales continue to fall. The plunge in existing-home sales is the steepest since In Q1/2007, S&P/Case-Shiller house price index records first year-over-year decline in nationwide house prices since The subprime mortgage industry collapses, and a surge of foreclosure activity (twice as bad as 2006) and rising interest rates threaten to depress prices further as problems in the subprime markets spread to the near-prime and prime mortgage markets. The U.S. Treasury secretary calls the bursting housing bubble "the most significant risk to our economy."
100 2007February 8 – HSBC: Europe's biggest bank, HSBC Holdings, blames soured US subprime loans for its first-ever profit warning in February. On September 21, it announces the closure of its US subprime unit, Decision One Mortgage, and records an impairment charge of about $880 million.April 2 – New Century: The US subprime lender files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the biggest collapse of a mortgage lender in this crisis.July – IKB & SachsenLB: Two banks in Germany, IKB and state bank SachsenLB, suffer exposure by investing in the US subprime market. The German banking industry bails out IKB, but SachsenLB almost goes under and is quickly sold to state-backed Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg (LBBW).August 9 – BNP Paribas: The French bank bars investors from redeeming cash in $2.2 billion worth of funds, telling the markets it is unable to calculate the value of the three funds due to turmoil in the subprime market.
101 2007August 9 – NIBC: The Dutch merchant bank discloses 137 million Euros ($189 million) of losses on US asset-backed securities in the first half, and shelves plans for an initial public offering indefinitely.September 13 – Northern Rock: The British mortgage lender experiences a bank run following a credit crunch sparked by the subprime crisis. The Bank of England steps in to rescue it.September 17: Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said "we had a bubble in housing" and warns of "large double digit declines" in home values "larger than most people expect."September 18: The Fed lowers interest rates by half a point (0.5%) in an attempt to limit damage to the economy from the housing and credit crises.October 1 – Credit Suisse: The bank says its results will be "adversely impacted" by the market turmoil, but it will remain profitable in the third quarter of 2007.October 15 – Citigroup: The largest US bank by market value says third-quarter profit fell 57 percent due to losses, with net income down to $2.38 billion from $5.51 billion a year earlier.
102 2007October 15–17: A consortium of U.S. banks backed by the U.S. government announced a "super fund" of $100 billion to purchase mortgage-backed securities whose mark-to-market value plummeted in the subprime collapse. Both Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson said "the housing decline is still unfolding and I view it as the most significant risk to our economy. … The longer housing prices remain stagnant or fall, the greater the penalty to our future economic growth."October 19 – Wachovia: The fourth-largest US bank posts a 10 percent decline in third-quarter profit, to $1.69 billion from $1.88 billion a year earlier, having suffered $1.3 billion of writedowns resulting from credit market turmoil.October 24 – Merrill Lynch: The financial services giant stuns Wall Street by reporting the biggest quarterly loss in its history after writing down $8.4 billion, mostly from bad investments related to risky subprime mortgages.October 26 – Countrywide: US mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. posts a $1.2 billion third-quarter loss after writing down $1 billion in subprime-lending losses.October 29 – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.: Japan's largest bank says it will write down the value of subprime related investments by as much as 30 billion yen ($260 million) – six times more than previously announced.
103 2007October 30 – UBS: Swiss bank UBS reports a third-quarter pretax loss of 726 million Swiss francs ($624.8 million) after it took a charge of 4.2 billion francs on subprime-related losses in its fixed income investments.November 1: Federal Reserve injects $41B into the money supply for banks to borrow at a low rate. The largest single expansion by the Fed since $50.35B on September 19, 2001.November 4 – Citigroup: May write off $8 to $11 billion of subprime mortgage losses, on top of a $6.5 billion write-down in its third quarter.November 8 – Merrill Lynch: Its exposure to CDOs is now $15.82 billion or about $600 million more than what the company revealed in its third-quarter earnings release on October 24. The figure is larger because a hedge against potential loss was terminated recently after a dispute with a counterparty, which Merrill declined to name.November 13 – Bank of America: Writes off $3 billion in subprime losses.November 14 – HSBC: Raised its subprime bad debt provision by $1.4 billion (£670 million) to $3.4 billion.
104 2007November 15 – Barclays: Subprime write-downs at Barclays’ capital investment bank arm now total £1.3 billion, taking into account a £500 million write-down in the third quarter.November 15: FASB Statement no. 157 becomes effective for annual statements for fiscal years beginning after Nov. 15, 2007, and for interim reports prepared in that initial fiscal year.16 November - Goldman Sachs forecasts sub-prime losses for entire financial sector at $400bn (£200bn). Northern Rock's boss resigns Nationwide warns of no UK house price growth in 200819 November - Northern Rock says bids to buy bank are "below current market value." Swiss Re expects to lose $1bn on insurance a client took out against any fall in the value of its mortgage debt.20 November - US mortgage guarantor Freddie Mac sets aside $1.2bn to cover bad loans and reports a $2bn loss. The US Federal Reserve cuts its 2008 growth forecast citing credit and housing market woes. UK buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon sees its shares fall nearly 40% after revealing funding difficulties. Construction of new US homes in October remains sharply lower than a year earlier, figures show.22 November - UK lender Kensington Mortgages withdraws its entire range of sub-prime mortgages because of market conditions. The Nationwide, the UK's largest building society, benefits from being seen as a haven from troubled banks.
105 2007December 6: President Bush announced a plan to voluntarily and temporarily freeze the mortgages of a limited number of mortgage debtors holding adjustable rate mortgages (ARM). He also ask Members Of Congress to: 1. pass legislation to modernize the FHA. 2. temporarily reform the tax code to help homeowners refinance during this time of housing market stress. 3. pass funding to support mortgage counseling. 4. pass legislation to reform Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
106 2008 March 14, 2008: Bear Stearns gets Fed funding as shares plummet. March 16, 2008: Bear Stearns gets acquired for $2 a share by JPMorgan Chase in a fire sale avoiding bankruptcy. The deal is backed by Federal Reserve providing up to $30B to cover possible Bear Stearn losses.May 6, 2008: UBS AG Swiss bank announced plans to cut 5,500 jobs by the middle of 2009
107 2008 September 7, 2008: Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac September 14, 2008: Merrill Lynch sold to Bank of America amidst fears of a liquidity crisis and Lehman Brothers collapseSeptember 15, 2008: Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy protectionSeptember 16, 2008: Moody's and Standard and Poor's downgrade ratings on AIG's credit on concerns over continuing losses to mortgage-backed securities, sending the company into fears of insolvency.September 17, 2008: The US Federal Reserve loans $85 billion to American International Group (AIG) to avoid bankruptcy.
108 2008September 19, 2008: Paulson financial rescue plan unveiled after a volatile week in stock and debt markets.September 25, 2008: Washington Mutual was seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and its banking assets were sold to JP MorganChase for $1.9bn.September 29, 2008: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act defeated in the United States House of Representatives.September 29, 2008: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announces that Citigroup Inc. would acquire banking operations of Wachovia.October 1, 2008: The U.S. Senate passes HR1424, their version of the bailout bill.
110 Some things to think about Short Term Compensation for long tailed risksIt must be ok if everyone else is doing itGone is not always gone“The market knows”MarginalityLeverageCounterpartyObserved Volatility modelsGrowth & RiskInflexible risk model
111 Things to Think About Diversification vs. Correlation Liquidity The end of the cycleDisclosuresGreater fool theoryValuation model procyclicalRecognition of UncertaintyRisk limit for new risksLaw of One Price and replicationUnderwritingGiving away the penExcess complexity
112 Think About 23. Compliance Culture Adversarial Risk Management functionsRegulation DismantledKeeping potential losses within the familyEmpowering the Business unitsReliance on third party risk evaluationsRisk falls into the cracksIgnoring second order consequencesKeeping it SimpleStress Tests were not credibleDirectors and Management ResponsibilityStructural inability to participate in workout
113 An Old Question . . .Do you want to Eat WellOr Sleep Well