Perspectives

Risk appetite frameworks

How to spot the genuine article

Everyone seems to agree that risk appetite frameworks are good things – and yet, no-one can quite agree what a good one looks like. There remains a surprising variety of opinion about what it actually means for banks to establish and embed a proper risk appetite framework, so our paper, ‘Risk appetite frameworks: How to spot the genuine article’, seeks to clarify this issue.

The regulatory landscape for banks is full of references to risk appetite; its benefits, uses, applications and case studies of failed firms, whose weak risk appetite frameworks played a part in their downfall. When firms are criticised for shortcomings in their risk governance and management, an appetite framework is commonly prescribed as a cure by regulators.

Key findings

This paper seeks to clarify the confusion around risk appetite frameworks through:

  • Summarising the arguments in favour of risk appetite frameworks;
  • Highlighting the emerging consensus on the core concepts of risk appetite between regulators and firms within the financial services industry;
  • Illustrating what we think ‘good’ looks like for a risk appetite framework;
  • Suggesting ways to spot a ‘genuine’ risk appetite framework; and
  • Suggesting what risk appetite might look like in three to five years’ time.

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