Avoiding “capital” punishment – Maintain adequate capital in today’s economy
Abstract: The current financial crisis has most banks focusing on liquidity issues and credit risk. But neither can you afford to neglect capital adequacy. Without adequate capital, it’s difficult for banks to make new loans and engage in other activities that drive future growth. There are two basic approaches banks can use to address capital deficiencies. One is to raise new capital. The other is to eliminate risk. Your risk assessment should consider six major risk areas outlined by the Federal Reserve’s banking risk framework.