Management of Interest Rate Risk Paper by Basle Committee on Banking Supervision
February 10, 1997
Circular No. 10924

Comments Invited by April 15

To All State Member Banks, Bank Holding Companies, and Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks, in the Second Federal Reserve District:

Following is the text of a joint statement by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:

The Basle Committee on Banking Supervision, with the agreement of the central bank Governors of the Group of Ten countries, has issued for public comment a paper containing a set of Principles for the Management of Interest Rate Risk.

This paper emphasizes the need for banks to maintain adequate risk management practices and identifies specific, agreed upon principles that supervisors will consider in evaluating a bank's management of interest rate risk.

The document addresses the importance of board of director and senior management oversight of a comprehensive risk management process that effectively identifies, measures, monitors, and controls a bank's risk exposure. It is fully consistent with the Joint Agency Policy Statement on Interest Rate Risk issued in the United States in June 1996 by the federal banking agencies and circulated to all U.S. insured commercial banks. U.S. banks should continue to comply with that joint agency statement.

Copies of the Committee's proposal are available at the offices of the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The statement is also available on the Internet Web Site of the Bank for International Settlements as a PDF file. Comments are requested by April 15, 1997, and may be sent directly to the Basle Committee Secretariat at the BIS or to any of the three bank regulatory agencies.

Comments by state member banks, bank holding companies, and branches and agencies of foreign banks, in this District on should be submitted by April 15, 1997 and may be sent, at this Bank, to Brian Peters, Assistant Vice President.