Risk Management

Dow Corning Adam Smith Webinar

Published: Jan 2016

Want to know the secret to a good night’s sleep? Mitigate your risks

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Adam Smith Awards Winner – Best Risk Management Solution

Dow Corning had $2bn plus in cash and investments and protecting this from counterparty default was a major challenge. However, their counterparty risk management approach had historically fallen short of industry standards. The management approach involved a considerable amount of manual monitoring, was primarily reactive vs proactive and was limited in scope. John Coon, Global Treasury Manager explains how the company mobilised its resources to build a Counterparty Risk Dashboard to become a fully automated one-stop-shop for treasury.

This webinar was held on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

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Questions asked throughout the webinar

  • How does lending relationship affect the amount of risk you will take with a counterparty? Eg do you have any large relationship banks who you do not place any funds with or do you make exceptions to the model? (09:13)
  • Is this dashboard designed in-house or by outside company, this is something I would like to use for my own role in Treasury. (15:41)
  • What is the benefit of linking the counterparty model to TMS? (18:42)
  • What TMS system/provider do you use? (20:12)
  • How do you treat subsidiaries that are not rated? Do you consider them as having the same credit risk of the parent bank? (20:30)
  • Do you ever override your model and place a lower credit limit on a particular banking counterparty? (22:55)
  • What are the greatest benefits of the dashboard? (24:00)
  • Since the Bloomberg Risk Model includes a variety of metrics in coming up with the score (CDS, share price, ratings…) why not just use this score? (25:14)
  • What are the costs involved (as well in terms of employees) for running this platform? (26:44)
  • Have these models been back-tested? Is it possible with so few data points? (27:32)

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