Summary of Risk Management, Governance, Culture, and Risk Taking in Banks

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Risk Management, Governance, Culture, and Risk Taking in Banks summary
Banking is the art and science of transforming risk into profit.


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Regulators and consumers want banks to be safe, but banking is the art and science of juggling and transforming risk. Banks’ profits come from selecting the most lucrative and manageable risks. Without risk, there would be no need for banks, and you could leave your money under your mattress without concern. The real challenge lies in managing risk well, which is easier said than done, as this wide-ranging study by Professor René M. Stulz proves. getAbstract recommends his solid exploration of bank risk management to financial professionals.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why risk management is crucial in banking
  • Why perfect risk management is impossible
  • What influence culture, incentives and organization have in risk management


A common understanding of risk connotes an exposure to danger, so if risks are dangerous, then prudent risk management should seek to minimize them. However, banks must assume some risks to earn a profit. Banks strive to maximize shareholder value, and taking on money-making opportunities is central...
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René M. Stulz is a finance professor at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

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