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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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Traditionally, liquidity has been defined as:

  • A Russian problem;
  • An Asian problem;
  • Someone else’s problem;
  • A broker’s problem;
  • Not something to worry about since it is guaranteed by the Central Bank; or,
  • All of the above.

Even the Bard has commented on liquidity with the rather pithy ‘put money in thy purse’!

The fact is that most of us are in agreement that liquidity is an important risk element but it is also indisputable that we probably spend less time thinking about it than any other risk category. From an enterprise wide risk management point of view, the need for the integration of liquidity, market and credit risk was recognised after the Russian crisis (August 1998) and the “flight to quality" that followed.

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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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