On July 11, 2016, the OCC released its Spring 2016 Semiannual Risk Perspective, reflecting bank financial data as of December 31, 2015. The report identifies credit, strategic, operational and compliance risks as top concerns from a safety-and-soundness perspective. Specifically, strategic risk remains high as banks struggle to execute their strategic plans and faces challenges in growing revenue, and credit risks have increased as banks search for yield in an environment of strong loan growth and easier underwriting standards. With respect to operational risk, greater cyber security threats and increased reliance on third-party service providers have caused operational risk to remain high. Further, as banks struggle to comply with new rules, such as the integrated mortgage disclosure requirements, and the mandates of the Bank Secrecy Act, compliance risk management also continues to pose challenges. Risk issues identified in the Spring 2016 report are largely consistent with those identified in the Fall 2015 Report.
The OCC Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2016 is available at: http://www.occ.gov/publications/publications-bytype/other-publications-reports/semiannual-risk-perspective/semiannual-risk-perspective-spring-2016.pdf.