The Asset Liability Management (ALM) process is used to manage the business and financial objectives of an institution by assessing and evaluating assets and liabilities on its portfolio in an integrated manner. It is a continuous process involving the formulation, implementation, review and subsequent revision (if needed) of asset and liability management strategies to ensure that they are within the acceptable risk tolerance levels.

It primarily and traditionally addresses interest rate mismatch and liquidity risks through tools such as duration and convexity metrics, and value at risk based concepts such as Earnings at Risk and Market Value of Equity.

## What are the prerequisites?

### Basic Tools

We begin the Asset Liability Management (ALM) course by first reviewing some preliminary topics that will be applied within the course. These include:

- Calculating Value at Risk (VaR)
- Duration & Convexity Calculation Example
- Building Maturity & Liquidity profiles for Deposits and Advances book for ALCO (ALM), ICAAP & IAS 30 reporting

### ALM and Regulatory Environment

In addition to these prerequisite courses, we also review how the Asset Liability Management (ALM) process is addressed in the current regulatory environment for capital adequacy requirements as outlined in Basel II and the changes that Basel III will bring to the existing capital framework in particular with regard to liquidity risk regulations:

- Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) – Overview and Core Concepts
- Basel III: Basel II Framework Revisions
- Basel III – Liquidity Framework – Reforms to Global Liquidity Risk Regulations

## What topics are covered?

For a high level review of the concepts and basic calculation behind ALM before getting into the details of the numbers review the “ALM for Board and ALCO members” course. This is a seven part course consisting of the following parts:

- Why Asset Liability Management (ALM)?
- A visual history of yield curve shifts – 1978 – 2014
- Default ALM strategies for default interest rate scenarios
- ALM Strategy – The Earnings versus Value debate
- ALM Cheatsheet – NII, Gaps, Asset & Liability sensitivity
- Duration and Convexity calculator for US Treasuries
- ALM Glossary of terms

Once a review of the prerequisite topics has been covered you can now move on to the main Asset Liability Management Course. This course covers:

- Asset Liability Management (ALM) measurement tools such as:
- Duration
- Rate Sensitive Gaps
- Earnings at Risk (EAR)
- Cost-to-Close
- Interest Rate Gap
- Cost-to-Close
- Liquidity Gap
- Market Value of Equity (MVE) Analysis
- Price Sensitive Gap
- Liquidity Gap
- Net Interest Income (NII) at Risk and
- Duration Gap Analysis

Applications of ALM such as:

- cash flow matching
- portfolio dedication
- immunization, and
- How convexity is used in the ALM process
- Discussion of liquidity risk, liquidity ratios and analysis, liquidity limits and the liquidity contingency plan

We then review some simple ALM stress tests for liquidity and interest rate risks:

## What are the additional topics I can read up on?

For a more detailed discussion on the liquidity risk management process you may also like to review the following posts:

- Liquidity Risk Management – A framework for estimating liquidity risk capital for a bank
- Basel III enhancement – Linking liquidity crisis with Liquidity Coverage Ratio and Stable Funding Ratios
- Liquidity Risk Management Case Studies

Other topics related to the Asset Liability Management (ALM) process include:

- Interest Rate Simulation Crash Course
- Setting Counterparty Limits, Market Risk Limits & Liquidity and Interest Rate Limits

## Premium Content:

**PDF & EXCEL**

**Online Courses**

- ALM – Crash Course – 3rd Edition
- ALM – Crash Course – EXCEL Examples
- Asset Liability Management (ALM) Crash Course – Package
- ILAAP, ALM, LCR, NSFR Report validator
- Black Derman Toy Model Construction – EXCEL Example
- Black-Derman-Toy (BDT) Interest Rate Model – Package
- Building Maturity & Liquidity Profiles for Deposits and Advances
- Calibration of CIR Model – EXCEL Example
- Calibration of Black Derman Toy (BDT) Interest Rate model to US Treasuries
- Cox-Ingersoll-Ross (CIR) Interest Rate model – EXCEL example
- Duration Convexity – EXCEL Example
- Duration and Convexity for US Treasury Bill, Note and Bond
- Heath Jarrow Merton – HJM 3 – Factor Interest Rate Model
- Heath Jarrow Merton (HJM) Interest Rate Model – Package
- How to construct a Black Derman Toy Model in EXCEL
- How to utilize results of a Black Derman Toy Model – EXCEL Example
- How to utilize results of a Black Derman Toy Model
- Interest Rate Simulation Crash Course
- Interest Rate Simulation Crash Course – Package
- Principal Component Analysis – PCA – US Treasury Yield Rates