Managing Risks in Commercial and Retail Banking: Review

managing-risks-in-commercial-and-retail-bankingWhen it comes to retail banking, this book by Amalendu Ghosh is cited as one among the top 10 important books. This book is believed by experts to take an in-depth, as well as logical look at dealing with every single aspect of risk management, which forms a part of the banking sector. By providing the reader with an ample number of case studies and real life examples, this book attempts to simplify all the complex processes and present them for the reader’s benefit.

The author, Amalendu Ghosh, occupied the post of Chief of the Department of Banking Supervision of The Reserve Bank of India, where he is believed to have served for about 36 years. He is well renowned as an expert in the supervision of banks and has been intimately involved in the implementation of the new Basel Capital Accord. His proximity to the world of commercial and retail banking makes him one of the experts on the topic, especially when it comes to the risk management aspect. He has also released a manual for conducting of bank supervision, especially that which is required in the switch related to risk based bank supervision system.

He has had an enriching experience at his post of risk management consultant, to around two commercial banks, which intermittently make him the candidate, who is more than qualified for writing this book. This book, which seems to be right in the quintessential corner of Ghosh, was published by John Wiley who happens to be one of the oldest publishers of USA and is acclaimed for publishing a number of renowned titles under risk management, financial engineering, valuation, financial instrument analysis, among which Ghosh’s book seems to be a valuable contribution.

Divided into about seven parts, this book essentially deals with the number of risk management approaches and systems. These are namely, credit risk management, market risk management, operational risk management, risk based internal audit, corporate governance and all the lessons that could be derived from the South-East-Asian and American Financial Crises. Beginning with the first part, it deals with a thorough analysis of what all constitutes a risk. The topics covered here would be types of risks and the various models on how each bank is supposed to manage their problems. The second part is all about the models, which is made use of by various banks in order to rate and evaluate all the credit risk management issues. Here the author offers a number of techniques, which are useful for credit portfolios and rating based loan pricing mechanisms.

The book successfully brings together a number of concepts, ranging from methods and procedures in the field of risk management, to the author’s personal experiences. It is said that this book is the bible for all those financial analysts, students of investment banking, accounts aspirants and auditors. Mainly because it is a distilled form of all the valuable experiences of a top notch, seasoned banker and an authority figure on bank supervision. This is also one of the reason why professional training institutes like Imarticus Learning, usually ask their students to refer to this book.

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