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Asset Liability Management – Learning Roadmap

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:

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:

 

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:

  1. Why Asset Liability Management (ALM)?
  2. A visual history of yield curve shifts – 1978 – 2014
  3. Default ALM strategies for default interest rate scenarios
  4. ALM Strategy – The Earnings versus Value debate
  5. ALM Cheat sheet – NII, Gaps, Asset & Liability sensitivity
  6. Duration and Convexity calculator for US Treasuries
  7. 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

Risk Return

  • 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:

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

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