Welcome to SERRAQ

Who We are

SERRAQ is the world’s leading Risk Accounting professional body. We are a not-for-profit organization, limited by guarantee, that is run by its members for the benefit of its members. SERRAQ combines the attributes of a global professional and standards setting organization with modern data sharing to provide benchmarking and other data services to its members as well as supporting regulatory, governmental and other public disclosure requirements. SERRAQ membership is open to all corporate entities interested in implementing the latest, leading edge approaches to non-financial risk measurement and management, as well as individuals who wish to pursue a career in Risk Accounting.

Our Mission

Our mission is to position Risk Accounting as the universally adopted method of identifying, quantifying, aggregating and reporting all forms of non-financial risks.

Risk Accounting Standards Board (RASB)

SERRAQ HQ hosts a Risk Accounting Standards Board (RASB) comprised of leading academics and practitioners. Its function is to approve Risk Accounting standards for publication, the requirements for the ‘Certified Risk Accountant’ qualification and ethical and professional standards of conduct.

The RASB’s current composition is:

Peter Hughes

Peter is Chairman of the Risk Accounting Standards Board. He is a chartered accountant and a visiting fellow and member of the advisory board of Durham University Business School’s Centre for Banking, Institutions and Development (CBID) research group. He was formerly a banker with JPMorgan Chase where he held senior positions in finance, operations, risk management, treasury & trading and audit.

Dennis Philip

Dennis is a Professor in Finance at the Durham University Business School and Director of its Centre for Banking, Institutions and Development (CBID) research group. He holds a PhD in Finance from Cass Business School. His research contributes to the understanding of the interactions between firm characteristics and financial markets. His research has been funded by financial companies, central banks and recently from the European Commission. He is involved in various policy-led research projects, in particular research in financial literacy and inclusion in emerging markets, with international connectivity in both academia and practice.

Our Structure

SERRAQ’s target operating model comprises a global network of not-for-profit, private legal entities limited by guarantee. Where this legal form is not available a similar alternative will be adopted. The lead entity (SERRAQ HQ) sets operating policies, manages global relationships and contracts and delivers support and administrative services to the global network. Country or regional SERRAQ entities deliver support and administrative services to corporate and individual members.

RegTech Software

SERRAQ commissions and supervises the development of a RegTech software solution – ‘MetRisQ’ – that incorporates approved Risk Accounting standards. MetRisQ also prepares anonymized risk data to enable data sharing with participating members and for approved public disclosure. SERRAQ’s preferred supplier of software development services is Sinoptix SA, a European IT services firm.

Message from the Chairman

Welcome to SERRAQ

It’s almost 20 years ago that I was asked by the Chase Manhattan Bank’s COO, Rick Mangogna, to form and lead a team with a mission to design and implement a risk reporting framework for global operations. We soon understood that achieving our mission depended on the successful definition of a common risk measurement method that could consistently and reliably identify, quantify, aggregate and compare all the diverse exposures to risk present in bank operations.

Risk Accounting

Explanatory Note

Risk managers have adopted a number of terms to describe the risks inherent in the operating environments of financial institutions. The most widely used are ‘operational risk’ and ‘enterprise risk’. More recently, a further term has emerged… ‘non-financial risk’. We believe these three terms are essentially synonymous. Accordingly, SERRAQ has adopted the term ‘non-financial risk’ to mean all the risks inherent in the operating environments of financial institutions, including operational and enterprise risks.

Overview

Risk Accounting is a new and revolutionary method and system that identifies, quantifies, aggregates and reports exposures to non-financial risks.

SERRAQ has defined a new, additive, standard unit of measurement for non-financial risks, unique to the Risk Accounting method, called a Risk Unit or RU.

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SERRAQ Definitions

Exposure to non-financial risks exists where a financial institution fails to adequately plan, organise, manage and control its internal risk-mitigating activities and processes.

In contrast, exposure to financial risks exists where a financial institution intentionally creates external financial exposures with customers, intermediaries…

The Portfolio View

Non-financial risks cannot be effectively managed without first constituting the complete portfolio of controlled and audited non-financial risks.

A ‘Portfolio View’ is the essential foundation for effective risk control, public disclosure, the application of tried and tested portfolio risk management methods (trending, ranking…

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Key Attributes of Risk Accounting

The Risk Mitigation Index (RMI) is a measure of risk culture as it blends qualitative and quantitative risk attributes from across the enterprise into a single metric.

Accordingly, risk governance is focused on planning and implementing strategies aimed at continually improving the RMI.

Monetary Value of an RU

One of SERRAQ’s longer term aims is to calculate the monetary value of an RU (RUm) by modelling non-financial risk loss data correlated with related context information in the form of Residual Risk RUs. Once determined, the RUm can be used to estimate non-financial risk related expected losses (Residual Risk RUs x RUm).

Expected losses calculated in this way can be used to risk-adjust audited financial statements, similar to CECL accounting provisions for credit risk. This creates the possibility to lobby regulators to adopt the RUm in the determination of regulatory capital requirements for non-financial risks providing a high degree of risk sensitivity, simplicity and comparability in capital adequacy calculations.

What Experts Say?

As published in the “Comments on Risk Accounting” by Henry Stewart Publications’ “Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions”

[1752-8887 – 2016, Vol. 9, 4 413–420]

“…the first mechanism proposed to integrate the major components of risk in a large institution”

“…represents a sizeable step forward in the search for a practical global solution to enterprise risk management (ERM)”

Julian Williams, PhD

Durham University Business School

“…(the) approach could be a meaningful way of establishing a common metric for operational risk, an area in risk management which, after many years, is still lacking analytical rigour”

Madelyn Antoncic, PhD

Principal Global Investors

Research Paper on Risk Accounting Published by the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions

The research paper “A test of the feasibility of a common risk accounting metric for enterprise risks”, authored by Peter Hughes (Visiting Fellow, Durham University Business School) and Professor Julian Williams (Chair in Accounting and Finance, Durham University...

Comments on Risk Accounting

Leading academics and practitioners were recently invited by the publishers of the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions (JRMFI) to independently review Risk Accounting. Their comments were reported by the JRMFI in a paper ‘Comments on Risk Accounting’....

GARP Article Showcases Risk Accounting

In an article published on Jan. 12th on GARP.org website, Peter Hughes showcased the Risk Accounting method in response to the recent speech of Stefan Ingves, the chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, calling for a closer look into the results of...

Risk Accounting and Economic Profit – CFO.com Article

  Risk Accounting and Economic Profit - As the evolving risk landscape in which enterprises operate becomes more complex, management accounting must also evolve to incorporate risk. Source:...

Welcome to ‘Risk Accounting’ – CFO.com Article

Welcome to 'Risk Accounting' - Academics have codified a new accounting technique that could revolutionize enterprise risk management. Source:...

BCBS 239, Heightened Standards and Operational Risk – GARP Article

In a March 2016 GARP Risk Intelligence article, Risk Governance: Across the Three Lines, authors from KPMG commented on the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Heightened Standards for large financial institutions and delivered a call to action: “It’s...

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