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Supervisory Insights

Winter 2014 Vol. 11, Issue 2 - Table of Contents

Last Updated: April 19, 2023

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Letter from the Director


Effective Governance Processes for Managing Interest Rate Risk

The foundation of an effective interest rate risk (IRR) management process is the establishment of board-approved policies that measure, monitor, and control IRR. As discussed in this article, a successful governance framework is grounded in an informed and involved board of directors that provides senior management with clear policy guidance, sufficient internal resources, and risk mitigation strategies to guide an institution’s IRR position well in advance of market shifts.

Developing the Key Assumptions for Analysis of Interest Rate Risk

Effective IRR measurement and monitoring requires accurate information; therefore, bank management should develop assumptions that are readily understood, well supported, and updated periodically. This article describes the process for developing key assumptions necessary to analyze interest rate sensitivity in the current environment.

Developing an In-House Independent Review of Interest Rate Risk Management Systems

An annual independent review of its IRR measurement system is an important part of any bank’s internal control framework. The scope and formality of such a review should be appropriate for the size and complexity of the bank. This article describes commonsense approaches that non-complex institutions may use to effectively and economically perform an IRR independent review in-house.

What to Expect During an Interest Rate Risk Review

This article is intended to help bankers prepare for regulatory reviews of IRR by describing what examiners focus on, supervisory expectations with respect to IRR, and communication with the FDIC during an examination. Resources for bankers regarding IRR also are provided.

Regular Features

Regulatory and Supervisory Roundup

This feature provides an overview of recently released regulations and other items of interest.

Supervisory Insights

Supervisory Insights is published by the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to promote sound principles and best practices for bank supervision.

Martin J. Gruenberg
Chairman, FDIC

Doreen R. Eberley
Director, Division of Risk Management Supervision

Journal Executive Board

Division of Risk Management Supervision
George E. French, Deputy Director and Executive Editor
James C. Watkins, Senior Deputy Director
Robert L. Burns, Deputy Director
Melinda West, Deputy Director

Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection
Sylvia H. Plunkett, Senior Deputy Director
Jonathan N. Miller, Deputy Director

Regional Directors
Michael J. Dean, Acting Regional Director, Atlanta Region
Kristie K. Elmquist, Dallas Region
Stan R. Ivie, San Francisco Region
James D. La Pierre, Kansas City Region
M. Anthony Lowe, Chicago Region
John F. Vogel, New York Region

Journal Staff

Kim E. Lowry
Managing Editor

Daniel P. Bergman
Financial Writer

Jeffrey A. Fahrmann
Financial Writer

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