Comparing IFRS 9 and CECL provision volatility   New !

Is the IFRS 9 or CECL standard more volatile? Its all relative Objective In this study we compare the volatility of reported profit-and-loss (PnL) for credit portfolios when those are measured (accounted for) following respectively the IFRS 9 and CECL accounting standards. The objective is to assess the impact of […]


NACE Economic Activity Pictograms

Representing economic activity using pictograms Visualization can produce significant insights when applied to quantitative data. It is currently undergoing a renaissance that mirrors other developments in computing and data science. Sophisticated open source libraries such as d3.js or matplotlib, to name but a couple, are enabling an ever wider range […]


Credit Portfolio PnL volatility under IFRS 9 and CECL

Credit Portfolio PnL volatility under IFRS 9 and CECL Objective We explore conceptually a selection of key structural drivers of profit-and-loss (PnL) volatility for credit portfolios when profitability is measured following the principles underpinning the new IFRS 9 / CECL standards Methodology We setup stylized calculations for a credit portfolio […]


Credit Portfolio Management in the IFRS 9 / CECL and Stress Testing Era

Credit Portfolio Management in the IFRS 9 / CECL and Stress Testing Era The post-crisis world presents portfolio managers with the significant challenge to asimilate in day-to-day management the variety of conceptual frameworks now simultaneously applicable in the assessment of portfolio credit risk: The first major strand is the widespread […]


IFRS 9 Expected Credit Loss and Risk Capital

The new IFRS 9 financial reporting standard IFRS 9 (and the closely related CECL) is a brand new financial reporting standard developed and approved by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Strictly speaking IFRS 9 concerns only the accounting and reporting of financial instruments (e.g. bank loans and similar credit […]


A Risk Agnostic Approach to European Safe Bonds (ESBies) Tranching

What are European Safe Bonds? While the creation of the eurozone was a landmark of the European integration process, the financial crisis highlighted that the eurozone remains an incomplete design which can lead to unpredictable and adverse situations in the event of a (the) next major crisis. One of the […]


Release of version 0.3 of the Concentration Library

Release of version 0.3 of the Concentration Library Further building out the OpenCPM set of tools, we release version 0.3 of the Concentration Library. This python library for the computation of various concentration, diversification and inequality indices. The below list provides documentation URL’s for each one of the implemented indexes […]


OpenCPM NPL Database

First Release: OpenCPM NPL Database Further building out the OpenCPM set of tools, we took the Eupean Banking Authority’s recommended Non-Performning Loan templates and created an #opensource production grade database for capturing NPL portfolio data sets. Motivation for Building an open source database based on EBA’s Standardized NPL Templates In […]


Transition Matrix Library First Release

Open Risk released version 0.1 of the Transition Matrix Library Motivation State transition phenomena where a system exhibits stochastic (random) migration between well defined discrete states (see picture below for an illustration) are very common in a variety of fields. Depending on the precise specification and modelling assumptions they may […]


The Zen of IFRS 9 Modeling

At Open Risk we are firm believers in balancing art and science when developing quantitative risk tools. The introduction of the IFRS 9 and CECL accounting frameworks for reporting credit sensitive financial instruments is a massive new worldwide initiative that relies in no small part on quantitative models. The scope […]


Loan Level Templates Using Python

In this Open Risk Academy course we figure step by step how to use python to work with Loan Level Templates, using the ECB SME template as an example. Overview of the loan level template Manipulating spreadsheets with Python The Python Dictionary Organization of Portfolio Data Generating Test Portfolios Get […]


RegNews Upgrade and Dashboard Integration

RegNews Upgrade and Dashboard Integration The Financial Regulatory News app (RegNews in short) is now integrated with the Open Risk Dashboard. The latest release adds several new feeds and allows filtering of news items by freshness (last day, last week, last two weeks) and by world region (Supra-national, Americas, Europe […]


How much digital bank can we fit in a 50 euro bill?

How much digital bank can we fit in a 50 euro bill? Much has been said about the impact of Big Data and high-end GPU computing on the provision of digital financial services. At Open Risk we wanted to explore the boundary of what is possible at the diametrically opposite […]


Visualizing the risk management of the future

Visualizing the risk management of the future How do we communicate risk insights? The information tools used by risk managers to communicate insights have been transformed multiple times over the ages. In each era we have adopted existing technologies, but we also created demand for new technologies. Our era is […]


From Big Data, to Linked Data and Linked Models

From Big Data, to Linked Data and Linked Models The big data problem: “As certainly as the sun will set today, the big data explosion will lead to a big clean-up mess” How do we know? We only have to study the still smouldering last chapter of banking industry history. […]


Correlation Radar added to the Dashboard

Correlation Radar added to the Dashboard About the Correlation Radar: The EU Risk Dashboard is a web app developed by OpenRisk to assist with the exploration and understanding of the large number of economic indicators published by the ECB in its Statistical Data Warehouse. The app data are derived from […]


FX Lending Risk

FX Lending Risk A stress testing methodology for analyzing FX lending risk. Extends standard credit risk modelling tools to capture the increased risks of FX lending in a consistent way Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction Warren Buffet famously declared financial derivatives as weapons of mass destruction (although apparently this did […]


Business Model Risk

Business Model Risk: The Forgotten Risk Type Sustainable business models that demonstrate adequate profitability over long horizons are key to a healthy market economy. This applies to firms and organizations of any size and in any sector. But how do we determine what is sustainable and how can we tell […]