Risk Management and Credit Rating: CAIIB Paper 1 (Module D), Unit 7

Risk Management and Credit Rating: CAIIB Paper 1 (Module D), Unit 7

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So, here we are providing “Unit 7: Risk Management and Credit Rating  of “Module D: Credit Management” from “Paper 1: Advanced Bank Management (ABM)”.

♦Credit Risk Monitoring

The risks faced by the business of banking can be classified into three broad categories;

  • Operational Risks: The examples of such risks are losses due to frauds, disruption of business due to natural calamities like floods etc.
  • Market Risks: These are the risks resulting from adverse market movements of interest rates, exchange rate etc.
  • Credit Risks: The credit risk can be defined as the unwillingness or inability of a customer or counterparty (e.g. the L C opening bank in a bills negotiation transaction under that L C) to meet his commitment relating to a financial transaction with the bank.
Factors Affecting Credit Risk
Steps Taken To Mitigate Credit Risks

The major objective of credit risk management is to limit the risk within acceptable level and thus maximize the risk adjusted rate of return on the credit portfolio. Following are the main steps taken by any bank in this direction;

Credit Ratings

The level of credit risk involved in each loan proposal depends on the unique features of that proposal. Two similar projects, with different promoters, may be appraised by a bank as having different credit risks. Similarly, two different projects, with same promoters, may also be appraised by the bank as having different credit risks. While appraising a credit proposal, the risk involved is also measured and often quantified by way of a rating with the following objectives;

  • To decide about accepting, rejecting or accepting with modifications/ special covenants
  • To determine the pricing, i.e. the rate of interest to be charged
  • To help in the macro evaluation of the total credit portfolio by classifying it on the ratings allotted to individual accounts. This is used for assessing the provisioning  requirements, as also a decision making tool, by the management of the bank, for reviewing the loan policy of the bank.

Internal and External

  • Most of the banks in India have set up their own credit rating models as till recent past, the rating agencies were not equipped well enough to provide the ratings, so reliable as to banks depending on these for credit decisions. However, with experience gained in last few years, these rating agencies have gained confidence of the banks.
  • A few of such rating agencies are CARE, ICRA, CRISIL and SMERA.
Methodology of Credit Rating
  • Promoters/Management aspects and the securities available
  • Financial aspects based on analysis of financial statements
  • Business/project risks
Use of Credit Derivatives For Risk Management
  • Credit Default Swaps (CDSs): This is a bilateral contract in which the risk seller (lending bank) pays a premium to the buyer for protection against credit default or any other specified credit event. Normally, CDS is a standardized instrument of ISDA (International Swaps and Derivatives Association).
  • Credit Linked Notes (CLN): In this, the risk seller gets risk protection by paying regular premium to the risk buyer, which is normally a SPV which issued notes linked to the underlying credit. These notes are purchased by the general investors and the money received from them is used by the SPV to buy high quality securities.

Credit Information System

 Credit Information Companies (CIC’s)
  • CIC or Credit Information Company is an independent third party institution that collects financial data regarding loans, credit cards and more about individuals and shares it with its members. Banks, Non-Banking Financial institutions are usually the customers of Credit Information Companies.
  • The Credit Card Company collects financial information about all these individuals and forms a credit report based on their financial history. This credit report plays a very important role as it helps banks and other financial institutions determine the creditworthiness of an individual applying for a loan or credit card with them.
Credit Information Companies Regulation Act (CIC Act)
  • Credit Information Companies in India are licensed by the Reserve Bank of India and governed by the Credit Information Companies Regulation Act, 2005 and various other rules and regulations issued by the Reserve Bank of India.
  • The CIC Act, 2005 is a legislation that is enacted by the Government of India, in order to regulate the actions of the Credit Card Companies in India. Following the CIC Act, 2005, the RBI and the Government of India enacted the CIC Act, 2006.
 List of Credit Information Companies In India

There are exactly four well known CICs in India as of now. Given below is a list of CICs in India:

  • Equifax
  • Experian
Rules and regulations for CIC’s

The actions of Credit Information Companies is regulated by the Credit Information Companies Regulation Act, 2005, enacted by the Government of India. Following the CIC Act of 2005, the RBI and the Government of India followed up with the Credit Information Companies, Regulations and Rules Act, 2006.

According to the Act, only certain entities are allowed to be members of the Credit Information Companies. Given below is a list of entities that can be members of CICs.

  • Credit Institutions under Section 2(f) of CIC Act.
  • Credit information companies under section 2(e) of the CIC Act.

A CIC, a credit institution or any authorised individual can request for a credit report anytime. A CIC will adapt to a format approved by RBI during such instances and furnish the requested information within a given time.

If there is any dispute between the CIC and its member related to credit information, the dispute shall be settled by conciliation under the as provided in the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

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