CCAR (Comprehensive Capital Risk Assessment) & CLAR (Comprehensive Liquidity Risk Assessment)

Duration 60 Mins
Level Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW15C7100

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all those with general management responsibility and those with specific management responsibility for the quality of a bank’s:
  • Capital
  • Assets
  • Board oversight, executive management, business specific management
  • Earnings
  • Treasury management at the corporate level
  • Risk management
  • Compliance Management
In addition, also benefiting from the webinar would be:
  • Auditors
  • Regulators with bank evaluation responsibility
  • Universities with banking curriculum in their degree programs 

Overview of the webinar

US bank regulators have continued to enhance their oversight of the major areas of risks to banks. The major risk evaluation and rating programs that have been introduced are: CAMELS, CCAR and CLAR. This presentation provides for a thorough review and understanding of these programs.
CAMELS is one of the most significant evaluation methodologies for banks employed by US regulators, namely the Federal Reserve Bank, Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. CAMELS is the titling of the rating system employed by these regulators with the titling standing for each of the components contained in the evaluation methodology.  Specifically, a bank’s condition is evaluated and rated with respect to: Capital Adequacy, Asset Quality, Management Quality, Earnings, Liquidity and Sensitivity to Market Risk. The evaluation conducted by this program is intense and quite detailed and, based on a bank’s CAMELS evaluation, a bank is given a rating for each individual CAMELS component as well as an overall composite rating. It is imperative that a bank understand the CAMELS evaluation process, how the evaluation of each component is formulated, how ratings are established and the impact of a rating on a bank’s present and planned business initiatives. The understanding of CAMELS must exist with executive management, senior business management as well as with all staff responsibility for the management of the elements of each CAMELS component. This presentation addresses:
  • The evaluation considerations that are applied for each CAMELS component
  • How these considerations translate into the rating of each component
  • The meaning of each component rating
  • Actions that may be required by a rating
  • The formulation of a bank’s CAMELS composite rating
  • The meaning of a composite rating 
Commensurate with the CAMELS evaluation, the FRB conducts two related evaluations:
  • CCARS which is a “Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review” 
  • CLAR which is a “Comprehensive Liquidity Assessment and Review” 
Both these evaluations not only test a bank’s capital adequacy and liquidity management, they also address a bank’s management policies, procedures and practices that ensure a bank’s ongoing ability to maintain appropriate capital and liquidity standards.

Who should attend?

This webinar is targeted mainly to:
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Managers
  • Senior Business Managers
  • Senior Credit Management
  • Treasury Managers
  • Dedicated Risk Managers 
  • Dedicated Compliance Managers
  • Auditors
  • University Program Educators
  • Business degrees
  • Accounting degrees
  • Auditing
  • Risk Management degrees
  • Regulator Staff

Why should you attend?

The US bank business environment has experienced a variety of issues and problems over the years and US regulators are diligent in ensuring that a bank meets a required standard in key operating areas of a bank which, if not met or are considered substandard, may impact the ongoing viability of a bank. The US regulators continue to engage in improving their assessment methodologies and monitoring processes of banks, thereby increasing the level of bank management attention to the subject areas being evaluated.
Management responsibility to the subject areas of the CAMELs evaluation exits with a bank’s:
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive management
  • Senior business management
However, the specific management of each subject area rests with the staff that is charged with the responsibility of meeting and maintaining the standards set by the regulators for each component.  
This presentation dissects each of the CAMELS components in terms of the regulators’ evaluation methodology for each component used to assess structural considerations and the quality of management afforded each component. It continues to address the rating process of each component and the considerations underpinning each rating. Lastly, it addresses the composite rating process and the considerations underpinning each rating.  
With respect to CAMELS, Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Identify the CAMELS components
  • Assessment of Capital quality
               Financial condition; Capital needs; Problem loans; Reserves
  • Assessment of Asset quality
              Credit initiation practices; Substandard credit quality; Diversification; Reserves; Securities underwriting; Counterparty exposures; Loan    policies; Credit management; MIS; Documentation
  • Assessment of Management quality
            General quality; Planning; Policies and controls; MIS; Risk monitoring; Audit responses; Depth and succession; Performance and risk profile
  • Assessment of Earnings quality
            Level; Retained earnings; General quality; Expenses; Budgeting and forecasting; Loan loss provisions; Market risk exposure
  • Assessment of Liquidity quality
           Liquidity sources; Asset liquidity; Funding sources; Liability maturity structure; Deposit stability; Asset securitization; General management
  • Assessment of Sensitivity to Market Risk quality 

              Economic change; Measurement; Nature of risk; Trading activity

              Particular focus on interest rate risk

         Component rating methodology

             Rating denotations

             Rating formulation

             Proposed/required actions

             Composite rating methodology

             Rating denotations

             Rating formulation

             Rating implications

With respect to CCAR and CLAR, Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Objectives of CCAR & CLAR
  • CCAR &CLAR methodologies & evaluation components
  • Bank Management considerations
  • Evaluation results & consequences 

Faculty - Mr.Robert Geary

Robert Geary is the founder of Greenwich Risk Management Advisory Services, LLC, and serves as the principal consultant on many of the firm’s consultancy mandates. He has been a banking and finance industry professional for 41 years and has spent 34 years with JP Morgan Chase & Co in various roles pertaining to senior treasury, financial market, asset management and risk management.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Geary managed Chase Manhattan Bank’s Euro and other offshore funding activities and was the bank’s first Asia/Pacific area treasury and financial markets executive located in Hong Kong. There for five years, he had overall functional management responsibility for the treasury, currency trading/sales activities and securities portfolios of Chase’s branches in nine countries in the region that included the major centers of Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He has served on the board of directors of Chase Manhattan Overseas Banking Corporation as well as on numerous senior committees that included Chase’s Portfolio and Investment Strategy Committee, Tax Committee, International Asset/Liability Management Committee, Chase Investment Policy Committee, and Capital Markets & FX Risk Management Committee. Prior to joining Chase, he held positions at Chemical Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation and National Bank of North America. Mr. Geary holds a BA degree in economics from Pace University and did graduate studies in finance at New York University Graduate School of Business. He is also currently a member of the Executive Advisory Board of St. John’s University Department of Accounting and Taxation.


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