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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 […]


Four individuals that can look straight into your eyes

Here are four individuals that can look straight into your eyes * Torvalds developed the #linux operating system, the software engine now powering anything from the tiniest #raspberrypi to the scariest supercomputer. Humanity’s best guarantee that the digital era remains an equal playing field * Mullenweg developed the #wordpress blogging […]


If programming languages were human languages which one would be which?

If programming languages were human languages which one would be which? #python -> English. Simple and easy. Spoken everywhere, from lowly scripts, to web servers to #datascience. You’re never stranded if you know it #rlang -> German. Rigorous. Capable. Sometimes a bit convoluted. Not spoken much outside the Germanic world […]


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 […]


Guiding principles for a viable open source operational risk model

Guiding principles for a viable open source operational risk model (OSORM) Such a framework: Must avoid formulaic inclusion of meaningless risk event types (e.g., legal risk created by the firm’s own management decisions) or any risks where the nature and state of current knowledge does not support any meaningful quantification. […]


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 to Stress Test Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction

How to Stress Test Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction In recent decades we have been collectively spared the haunting images and existential anxiety provoked by the sight of detonating nuclear weapons for testing purposes – not to mention the increased levels of radiation in the atmosphere and other side-effects. This […]


If banks were airlines

If banks were airlines Ever since the scary turbulence of the Great Financial Crisis it has been instructive and illuminating to compare the travails of the financial industry with the state of other industries, especially those more down to earth, also known as real world industries. The automotive industry was […]


Lehman, Brexit, De-Regulation and the future of EU fintech

Lehman, Brexit, De-Regulation and the future of EU fintech The decision by the citizens of the United Kingdom to vote against continuing membership of the European Union (#brexit) will have wide ranging repercussions on many facets of the European (and even global) economic system. As of early 2017, we see […]


Transparency, standards, collaboration key to regaining trust in financial services

Transparency, collaboration key to regaining trust in financial services In banking, confidence is the first order of business Maintaining the confidence of market participants, clients, shareholders, regulators and governments is uniquely important for the financial sector. Trust is, quite literally, the real currency. Yet it is a truism that confidence […]