On December 19, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the latest edition of its Supervisory Insights journal. The three major topics covered are listed below: 

“Industry Trends Highlight Importance of Effective Interest-Rate Risk Management” looks at how changes in the banking industry’s asset mix and funding profile have led to increased interest-rate risk (IRR) exposure. The article highlights supervisory expectations for IRR management and suggests strategies banks can use to assess and mitigate this exposure. “Lending Trends: Results from the FDIC’s Credit and Consumer Products/Services Survey” shares recent survey results relating to loan growth, credit underwriting, factors influencing banks’ ability and willingness to lend, and use of loan workouts. “The New Basel III Definition of Capital: Understanding the Deductions for Investments in Unconsolidated Financial Institutions” discusses how the new regulatory capital rules require a deduction from capital, under certain circumstances, for a portion of a bank’s investments in the capital of unconsolidated financial institutions. This article provides examples of how to calculate the deduction.

The Supervisory Insights journal may be accessed here.