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Suresh recently assumed the role of Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director, Advisory Services, of Kamakura Corporation where he heads, develops, and provides Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Basel III software and advisory consulting services to its clients worldwide.

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Liquidity risk led an unremarkable existence up until 2007-8, when suddenly, regulatory hell broke loose on it. From being a risk that no one talked about, it became the most regulated over a period of 4-5 years. What changed?

Every financial institution collapse added to the mystique of liquidity risk; experts opined, ‘alas, that organisation did not have adequate liquidity to foot expenses’, and this added to the furore surrounding the lack of regulation around liquidity risk.

A risk that was measured through prosaic ratios like loans to deposits is now being subject to haircuts, 3-notch downgrades, run on deposits, concentration of funding and so on. How did this come about?

The answer to both questions lies in the fact that there is now a belated acceptance to the fact that the end product of every other risk in the marketplace in financial terms is a lack of liquidity.

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