Operational Risk Quantification: Pinpointing Risk Drivers in Scenario Analysis

Operational Risk Quantification: Scenarios

jumpScenario analysis can be a useful, eye-opening experience for organizations attempting to understand some of the more challenging risks they face in their environment. However, performing a robust scenario analysis is not as easy as it looks at first blush. At the core of the difficulty is the way qualitative and quantitative elements sit side-by-side in this process.

This is the second in a series of five papers exploring the quantification of operational risk. The focus of this paper is scenarios, as used by firms and sometimes as part of the AMA (Advanced Measurement Approach) calculations for determining operational risk regulatory capital.

This whitepaper explores the uses that good scenario programs can be put to, best practices around scenario analysis data collection and the benefits and challenges of using scenarios in an operational risk framework.


Does your KYC/AML due diligence process involve foreign language and native characters?

AMLWhen working in foreign jurisdictions, language barriers can be a hindrance to effective KYC. Optimize your KYC/AML process with foreign language tool!

The ramifications of non-compliance can be severe if a heightened risk individual or entity is on-boarded by mistake because either the system could not read the foreign characters, or the compliance team missed a clue because they were unable to read the foreign language media reports. Understanding who you are really doing business in a globalized environment is crucial. Getting the right tools is paramount.

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World-Check is a global database of intelligence on PEPs and heightened risk individuals and entities. It is used in risk-based customer due diligence programs to comply with KYC legislation relating to AML, counter terrorism financing (CFT), anti-corruption, organized crime, 3rd party risk and other financial crimes control.

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IntegraScreen Reports provide a detailed background check on any entity or individual, no matter where they are located in the world. Used by organizations globally to enhance and simplify the due diligence process and protect against reputation damage, IntegraScreen Reports form part of a best practice, risk-based approach to due diligence. Their rapid turnaround and low cost contribute to a considerable saving in both time and money.

Our research analysts are strategically located around the world and speak over 60 local languages. Most information contained in our reports is sourced from primary data sources in the relevant country and in the prevailing local language. Native speaking analysts pick up on the subtleties in the text in a way that multilingual speakers do not.



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Risk Oversight Report 2014: The Board’s Role in Setting the Risk Culture

Where should boards’ priorities lie with regards to risk oversight?

Based on the 2014 Risk Oversight Survey conducted by NYSE Governance Services in association with Thomson Reuters


Board members have a legal, fiduciary duty to oversee risk, but it is less clear as to where “the buck stops” when it comes to ownership for corporate risk oversight and setting the proper risk culture within the context of the boardroom today.

Recent research from NYSE Governance Services and Thomson Reuters suggests that some board members worry their fellow directors do not understand the risk culture within their own company, and overall, directors rate management’s understanding of risk higher than their own.

Where should boards’ priorities lie with regard to risk oversight? What improvements are needed to ensure boards are fully invested in both understanding and overseeing risk? Though the amount and scope of risk information is improving, the results of our survey point to several gaps in board members’ knowledge, raising the question of how well directors are equipped to fully vet risk scenarios or tackle strategic risk decisions.

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Thomson Reuters Accelus BoardLink is a secure, web-based board portal, accessible online or via an iPad app 24/7. BoardLink enables corporate secretaries and board members to communicate and access critical business intelligence and board materials, empowering decision-making and good corporate governance.