Towards Sustainable Financial Resource Management

June 13, 2014


Banks are navigating a fundamental transformation of the rules of the road for their industry, driven in part by new, more stringent controls on the level, composition, and use of financial resources – risk-based capital, leverage-based capital, liquidity and funding. A steady stream of regulations has been rolled out, with each new proposal driving an intense industrywide response to bring the business into compliance or match the performance of peers.

Understandably, banks have been responding to each new challenge in turn, optimizing against the “binding constraint” of the day. However, efforts to optimize the use of one financial resource in isolation often come at the expense of the efficient use of some other financial resource and overall economic performance. This is not a sustainable model for financial resource management.

New capital, liquidity and funding requirements are now a permanent fixture of the industry landscape, and are increasingly driving the strategic direction of the bank. Oliver Wyman argues in this paper, which forms part of the Oliver Wyman series on Financial Resource Management, for the development of a holistic, groupwide approach to FRM. The paper describes new approaches to FRM optimization, including charging metrics, initiative programs and the drive to make FRM truly strategic through organizational changes and war-gaming exercises.

For more information, please see the Oliver Wyman website.

Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents

1. The Financial Resource Management Challenge


2. Moving Toward Best Practice


3. Next Steps


4. How We Can Help


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