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Risk management through the lens of macroprudential policy


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Before the beginning of the crisis in 2007–8, regulation failed to cope with the complexities of modern finance and paid insufficient attention to systemic risk. Similarly, risk managers in financial institutions tended to focus on risks in their financial institutions, neglecting systemic risk. Regulators worldwide are now addressing these deficiencies. One important dimension of regulatory reform is the creation of macroprudential authorities, such as the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), specifically tasked to focus on systemic risk. To address such risks, the ESRB has issued recommendations that will influence the behaviour of financial institutions. Work is ongoing to develop fully fledged macroprudential policies, which in combination with other regulation will help prevent or mitigate future crises.

Keywords: European Systemic Risk Board; financial crisis; macroprudential policy; regulation; risk management; systemic risk

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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  • Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions is the essential professional and research journal for all those involved in the management of risk at retail and investment banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, exchanges, central banks, financial regulators and depositories, as well as service providers, advisers, researchers and academics. Guided by expert Editors and an eminent Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue does not publish advertising but rather in-depth articles, reviews and applied research by leading professionals and researchers in the field on six key inter-related areas: strategic and business risk, financial risk, including traditional/exotic credit, market and liquidity risks, operational risk, regulatory and legal risks, systemic risk, and sovereign risk.

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