A full-spectrum view of risk management and compliance

By Laine Crosby

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the inaugural issue of ABA Risk and Compliance magazine, formerly known as ABA Bank Compliance. This transformation reflects a significant shift in the way banks approach risk management and compliance, as well as our commitment to keeping you informed about the latest developments in this critical field.

In today’s complex and interconnected world, risks come in various forms. From operational risks arising from internal processes and systems to enterprise-wide risks stemming from market fluctuations and geopolitical uncertainties, banks must be equipped to tackle a wide range of challenges. By implementing sound risk management practices, banks can navigate the ever-changing landscape with confidence, ensuring the stability and resilience of their organizations.

As part of this transition and convergence, ABA has also launched ABA Newsbytes: Risk, Compliance and Financial Crimes, which combines its previous subject-specific newsletters in these topics and uses AI-driven technology to customize content for readers. Click here, log in to aba.com, and select “Risk, Compliance and Financial Crimes” to subscribe.
In the past, compliance, financial crimes risk, credit risk and internal operational risk were often managed as separate domains within banking institutions. Compliance teams focused on adhering to regulatory requirements, while other risk management teams focused on identifying and mitigating separate potential risks. The lack of integration between these crucial functions sometimes resulted in inefficiencies and missed opportunities for a comprehensive understanding of risk across the organization.

However, the landscape has evolved, and banks now recognize the critical need to integrate these areas under the broader umbrella of risk and compliance management. By breaking down the silos between these functions, banks can gain a holistic understanding of the interdependencies and effectively identify, assess, and mitigate risks while maintaining compliance with regulatory guidelines.

In addition, recent failures in the banking sector have underscored the critical importance of effective risk management. We have witnessed the devastating consequences that can arise when banks neglect to manage risk in a comprehensive and proactive manner. As custodians of our financial system, it is imperative for banks to prioritize risk management and build robust frameworks that safeguard their operations and stakeholders.

Building on this vision of integration and collaboration, the American Bankers Association took a significant step forward by consolidating the risk and compliance conferences into a single event, the ABA Risk and Compliance Conference, held this past June. This strategic consolidation not only reflects the industry’s recognition of the interplay between risk and compliance but also created an ideal platform for fostering dialogue, knowledge-sharing and the exchange of best practices among industry professionals. By bringing stakeholders together, the conference provided an exciting opportunity to collectively address the challenges and opportunities in the dynamic realm of risk and compliance.

ABA Risk and Compliance further advances this synergy. We are committed to providing you with the latest insights, analysis, and best practices in risk management and compliance. Our magazine serves as a trusted resource, covering a wide range of topics including regulatory updates, technological advancements, emerging trends, and case studies that illuminate effective compliance, BSA/AML, and risk management strategies.

On behalf of the entire editorial team, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you, our readers. Your continued support and engagement have been instrumental in shaping this magazine into a valuable industry resource. We encourage you to share your thoughts, ideas, and feedback with us. Your input will guide us in delivering the most relevant and informative content that meets your needs.

As we embark on this exciting journey together, we invite you to explore the pages of ABA Risk and Compliance and join us in a shared mission of fostering a culture of risk awareness, compliance, and sound governance in the banking industry. Together, we can build a stronger and more resilient financial ecosystem.


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