Chapter 7 discussed the performance of banks, with a particular focus on profitability. However, the increase in profitability is usually associated with higher risk-taking. After all, risk is an integral part of the banking industry, which means that the managers of modern banking institutions must operate within certain levels of risk to achieve the best or more favourable risk-return outcome for their shareholders. Furthermore, the efficient management of risks in the Greek banking sector is becoming essential in the light of Basel II, adopted in 2007. Within this context, this chapter discusses the main types of risk faced by Greek banks, the trend in various indicators (e.g., non-performing loans), as well as the tools that are used to ensure bank soundness (e.g., credit risk modelling and value at risk models).
KeywordsCredit Risk Capital Requirement Market Risk Liquidity Risk Banking Risk
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