ComplianceFinanceNovember 21, 2019

Stress-testing the corona virus: Black Swans and Grey Rhinos

Recorded webinar hosted by Regulation Asia

Is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic a ‘black swan’, i.e. a high-impact event that is utterly unforeseeable and unmanageable? Or does it stem from foreseeable, obvious, but mostly ignored warning signals, i.e. a ‘grey rhino’?

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the ensuing recession left many banks and financial institutions severely undercapitalised and revealed their vulnerabilities to market crashes and economic downturns. As a result, financial authorities greatly expanded regulatory reporting and stress testing requirements to ensure a focus on capital adequacy and internal risk management strategies.

In seizing on the term ‘black swan’, many observers are missing the main points of such event: First, some of the most impactful events are unpredictable and beyond our imaginations. Second, decision-makers need to design systems that can stand up to extreme unexpected events.

Watch our webinar where our expert panel examine the expanding repertoire of stress-testing tools available to financial institutions and regulators alike to provide deeper and more dynamic insights into the capital, credit, market and liquidity risks they face.

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