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Interest Rate Risk

The acceptance and management of financial risk is inherent to the business of banking and banks’ roles as financial intermediaries. To meet the demands of their customers and communities and to execute business strategies, banks make loans, purchase securities, and take deposits with different maturities and interest rates. These activities may leave a bank’s earnings and capital exposed to movements in interest rates. This exposure is interest rate risk.

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Interest Rate Risk (Comptroller's Handbook, 1998)

AL=Advisory Letter
BC=Banking Circular

Interest Rate Risk: Interagency Advisory on Interest Rate Risk Management (OCC Bulletin 2010-1, January 2010) and FAQs on 2010 Interagency Advisory on Interest Rate Risk Management (OCC 2012-5, January 2012)
Guidance providing sound risk management practices to manage interest rate risk exposures.

Sound Practices for Model Risk Management: Supervisory Guidance on Model Risk Management (OCC Bulletin 2011-12, April 2012)
Guidance covers expected oversight of computer models used in risk management activities.

Embedded Options and Long-Term Interest Rate Risk (OCC Bulletin 2004-29, July 2004)
Guidance covers measuring cash flow and valuation risks for assets and liabilities with embedded options.

Investment Securities (OCC Bulletin 1998-20, April 1998)
Guidance on managing the risks of investment activities.

Risk Management of Financial Derivatives (BC 277, November 1993)
Prudent risk management practices for financial derivatives activities.

Related News and Issuances
Publish DateIdentifierTitle
12/03/2018  NR 2018-131, OCC Report Discusses Key Risks for Federal Banking System
06/18/2013  NR 2013-101, OCC Report Highlights Risks Facing National Banks and Federal Savings Associations
01/12/2012  OCC 2012-5, Interest Rate Risk Management: FAQs on 2010 Interagency Advisory on Interest Rate Risk Management