The Information Value of Past Losses in Operational Risk

36 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2023

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Filippo Curti

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Quantitative Supervision & Research

Marco Migueis

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

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Date Written: June 9, 2023

Abstract

Operational risk is a substantial source of risk for US banks. Improving the performance of operational risk models allows banks’ management to make more informed risk decisions by better matching economic capital and risk appetite, and it allows regulators to enhance their understanding of banks’ operational risk. We show that past operational losses are informative of future losses, even after controlling for a wide range of financial characteristics. We propose that the information provided by past losses results from their capturing hard-to-quantify factors such as the quality of operational risk controls, the risk culture and the risk appetite of the bank.

Keywords: banking, operational risk, risk management, risk modeling, regulatory requirements

Suggested Citation

Curti, Filippo and Migueis, Marco, The Information Value of Past Losses in Operational Risk (June 9, 2023). Journal of Operational Risk, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4474161

Filippo Curti

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Marco Migueis (Contact Author)

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

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