Magazine article The RMA Journal

RMA's Here to Help You Optimize Risk & Reward

Magazine article The RMA Journal

RMA's Here to Help You Optimize Risk & Reward

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This edition of the Journal contains RMA's Annual Report, covering September 1999 through August 2000. I urge you to take a look at it. RMA has enjoyed an extraordinarily strong year. Indeed, we have produced increasingly strong performance over the past five years. I am particularly proud of this accomplishment and am especially grateful to you, our members, and to the RMA staff for the tremendous amount of hard work and energy that you have contributed to make this success a reality.

RMA's revenues have grown 25% over the past five years. This is a significant accomplishment given the high level of mergers taking place within the industry. It is also a testament to the enhanced value RMA continues to deliver to its members as an association.

This past year we had our largest number of Statement Studies submissions, ever. We also delivered two pieces of important new research--The Next Frontier (examining operational risk management) and The Customer Value Imperative (the state of consumer credit portfolio management). We've also just completed our House Limits Study and will soon make this important benchmarking tool available to community banks.

RMA now offers a variety of benchmarking services, empowering our members with the tools necessary to optimize risk/reward in today's highly competitive market. We've also developed new resources for our members to help them deal with a more challenging environment. "Credit Cycle Management: Early Warning and Management of Emerging Problem Loans" is a new course we have just introduced that is already being used by a number of member institutions.

As the Risk Management Association, we strive to alert members to changing market dynamics and to keep everyone up to date on what may be on the radar screen of the bank regulators. This summer we let community bankers know that examiners were growing concerned about asset-based lending and heavy real estate concentrations in community bank portfolios. …

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