BAS Case Study - March 2023
Certified Public Accountants & Advisors
June 8, 2017
Board of Directors:
At your request, we performed certain selected procedures involving the Bank's Interest Rate Risk (IRR) measurement process. These procedures were completed during April, May, and June 2017, using information primarily as of December 31, 2016.
AUDIT FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS
There were no findings, recommendations, or suggestions identified during the course of the engagement.
Sensitivity to Market Risk
Sensitivity to market risk entails, in part, the degree to which changes in interest rates can adversely affect earnings or the economic value of capital. The ability of management to identify, measure, monitor, and control exposures to market risk is thereby critical. The Bank's Board of Directors has adopted a policy defining, in general terms, IRR and establishing strategic latitude for management of this risk. Risk limitations relative to NII and EVE are specifically defined under various rate scenarios within the policy. The limits, established for possible rate environment changes, are generally commensurate with the size and complexity of the Bank. The roles of both the Board of Directors and senior management were outlined to facilitate oversight, With-the estaolishmehf of the ALCO to steer this effofCAdditionally, an independent review function and validation of the integrity of the data used within the model is required within the policy. The Bank uses a third-party vendor, The Baker Group, to model IRR exposure on a quarterly basis. The Baker Group uses their Interest Rate Risk Monitor (version 4, release 6) modeling software. Information is supplied to The Baker Group primarily in electronic format. The Baker Group independently generates simulation NII and market value reports to facilitate the identification and measurement of risk. Policy Through our review of the ALM Policy, reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors in March 2016, we determined that it adequately addresses pertinent items such as Board of Directors and senior management oversight, strategies, risk limits, identification, measurement, monitoring, and reporting. In addition, the Policy indicates there are clear lines of responsibility and appropriate guidelines for measuring and managing the risk exposures, as well as procedures regarding exceptions to the Policy. The Policy also covers, on a limited basis, validation of the integrity of the data used with the model and independent review. 980 National Road • Wheeling, WV 26003 • p. 304-233-5030 • f. 304-233-3062 511 North 4th Street, Steubenville, OH 43952 zplcaccounting.corn
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