October: IACPM survey uncovers conflicting views on credit default risk
A survey finds apparently divergent views on credit risk, with widespread and rising expectations of defaults around the world but an improving outlook for credit spreads, as revealed in the latest IACPM Credit Outlook Survey. “We’re dealing with almost two realities here. On the one hand, survey respondents are clearly worried about rising risk but, on the other hand, they don’t seem to think that spreads will rise in tandem with the risks,” commented IACPM Executive Director Som-lok Leung. Read more. ForexLive
(10/25), Leveraged Finance News
September: Basel rules need to be reconsidered, BoE official says
Andrew Haldane, executive director for financial stability at the Bank of England, said at an annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that regulation of the financial system might be too complicated. "Modern finance is complex, perhaps too complex ... As you do not fight fire with fire, you do not fight complexity with complexity," Haldane said. "Because complexity generates uncertainty, not risk, it requires a regulatory response grounded in simplicity. Less may be more." Financial Times (tiered subscription model)
(8/31), The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)
May: JPMorgan deals reportedly backfired, causing losses to mount
JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion loss had its roots in efforts to shield the bank from Europe's economic meltdown. However, instead of shrinking risk exposure, the complicated deals backfired, and losses mounted -- as much as $200 million a day in late April and early May, sources said. U.S. and U.K. regulators are investigating what went wrong and whether the bank should have come forward with the bad news sooner. Meanwhile, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said executives were "completely wrong" in public statements last month regarding the derivatives trades. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
April: Credit Outlook Survey reveals global uncertainty
While the forecast for European corporate bonds remains uncertain, North American bonds are expected to see continued improvement, according to the latest quarterly IACPM Credit Outlook Survey. “Global economic growth is poor to anemic and our survey respondents aren’t very confident help is around the corner,” said Som-lok Leung, Executive Director of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers. “Central banks aren’t eager to provide more economic stimulus so market participants are adjusting to life without it.” Read the IACPM news release. Reuters
February: Basel III consistency concerns banks' chief risk officers
Risk magazine recently published a report showing that the consistency of Basel III rules for the financial services sector is a concern of chief risk officers at the world's biggest banks. CROs are worried that the rules won't be applied evenly. "There's an increasing demand from analysts and investors to understand what we would look like under Basel III," one chief risk officer said. "So it's not much use us saying, 'Look, it's not going to be implemented for a few years, don't worry about it.' We're pretty much under pressure to publish how we look on a Basel III basis." Risk.net (subscription required)
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The IACPM's 2012 Year-End Recap
We are pleased to share just a few of our accomplishments and initiatives with you:
- Regulatory and Accounting Issues: We have had success with several of the expanding range of important issues we engaged in on Regulation and Accounting. View the report we recently sent our members.
- We completed, in conjunction with KPMG, an important benchmarking survey, Stepping up to the Liquidity Challenge: The Changing Role of Credit Portfolio Management. Read the white paper.
- Risk Rating Systems, a survey recently completed assessed the structure and granularity of risk ratings. Members of the IACPM can access survey results here.
- Two conferences, in Madrid and in New York, drew members and other participants from over 100 of the world's most important financial institutions.
- We expanded our Regional Meeting offerings, and were very pleased to conduct our first regional meeting of our Asian and Asian-based members in Singapore.
- We conducted our first sponsored Webinar, Measuring Loan Performance-Economic Capital vs Regulatory Capital, with a sell-out registration within the first days of posting the webinar.
Spring and Fall Conferences 2013
Annual Spring Conference
London, UK, May 22-23. This year?s conference will take place at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.
Annual Fall Conference
Washington, D.C., Nov. 7-8. The conference will take place at the Fairmont Washington Hotel.
In conjunction with BNP Paribas, the IACPM is planning a regional meeting of members on Friday, January 25.
Societe Generale will be hosting a regional meeting in Paris on Friday, January 25.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia will be hosting the next meeting of our Australian members at their offices on Feb. 20.
Union Bank, Bank of America and the IACPM are hosting a full day IACPM Roundtable, CPM in the Middle Market, on April 19.
Regional Meetings are held periodically in New York and London. Members also meet at regular intervals throughout the year in Canada, France, Germany, Singapore and Japan.
Events with IACPM Participation
The IACPM will be participating in IncisiveMedia?s conference Risk & Return South Africa in Cape Town March 13-15. The IACPM members will present sessions on Liquidity Management and Credit Risk Management and Unintended Consequences of New Regulations on Risk Appetite
The IACPM, in collaboration with RMA?s NY Chapter, will present an early evening discussion on "Leveraged Finance?State of the Market and Portfolio Management" on April 17 in New York City.
In conjunction with the National University of Singapore?s Risk Management Institute, the IACPM will present its Educational Workshop on July 10 and chair a stream at the annual Risk Management Institute Policy Forum on July 11.
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