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Case Code : ERMT-017
Case Length : 13 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Royal Bank of Canada
Industry : Banking
Countries : Canada

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Overview of Risks

RBC had identified the following priorities for its risk management function:
• Enhancing communication on risk and risk appetite throughout the organization
• Aligning the risk management function with the business segments
• Investing in capabilities to measure, understand and manage risk better
• Strengthening the efficiency, accessibility and responsiveness of key risk processes and
• Attracting, developing and retaining a team of highly performing professionals...

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Organizational Structure
The Board of Directors and Group Risk Committee
The top level of the risk pyramid comprised the Board of Directors, the Conduct Review and Risk Policy Committee and Group Risk Committee...

Economic Capital
RBC viewed Economic Capital (EC), as the level of capital necessary to cover risks consistent with the bank's desired solvency standard and debt ratings...

Credit Risk
RBC communicated its policies and procedures, throughout the organization to guide the day-to-day management of credit risk exposure. RBC attempted to reduce exposure to non-core corporate client relationships while increasing the size of the consumer portfolio, including residential mortgages, which had very low loss rates...

Market Risk
The level of market risk to which RBC was exposed varied continually, reflecting changing market conditions, expectations of future price and market movements and the composition of trading and non-trading portfolios...

Liquidity Risk
RBC aimed at generating or obtaining sufficient cash or its equivalents on a timely and cost-effective basis to meet commitments as they fell due. RBC believed the management of liquidity risk was crucial to maintaining market confidence and ensuring that profitable business opportunities could be exploited...

Insurance Risk
Insurance risk included product design and pricing risk, claims administration risk, underwriting risk and liability risk...

Operational Risk
Operational risk was the risk of direct or indirect loss resulting from inadequate or failed technology, human performance, processes or external events. RBC endeavored to minimize such risks by ensuring that effective infrastructure, controls, systems, and individuals were in place throughout the organization...

Capital Management

RBC believed capital management required balancing the desire to maintain strong capital ratios and high debt ratings with the need to provide competitive returns to shareholders. RBC considered expected levels of risk-adjusted assets and balance sheet assets, future investment plans and the costs and terms of current and potential capital issues while managing capital...


Exhibit I: RBC: Capital Ratios
Exhibit II: RBC: Risk-Adjusted Assets


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