A message from our CEO: Managing risk starts with managing our choices
“In every decision – or failure to decide – we are choosing our future right now. And, as we all know, both from the global crises of the past few years and from past experience in our own countries, easy choices now mean fewer choices later.”
Building on that theme, I would add that in choosing a course of action we must also make an informed decision that puts clients’ concerns front and centre. While at the same time - and this may seem counter-intuitive - we still have to allow room for agility and responsiveness should more details emerge. Recent examples that demonstrate the validity of our approach include the U.S. Debt ceiling and the G-20 Summit in Toronto.
With the European exposure and securities lending in particular, CIBC Mellon began reviewing the region and managing risks well before the first headlines appeared. Our business model for assessing and managing risk is ongoing and rigorous. For example, in securities lending, we continue to monitor credit default spreads for both European sovereigns and European entities on a daily basis and review for any changes in our clients’ exposure. We also maintain strict collateral requirements for securities lending – all our borrowers are in good standing and fully collateralized. If you missed them in the November issue of Trade Talk, I would encourage you to turn back to commentary from Kelly Hastings and Jeffrey Alexander.
As with you – our clients – we have no more control over the global economic climate than we do the weather forecast. Providing excellent service is nonetheless something CIBC Mellon can control by applying a rigorous vigilance to anticipate, prepare and respond as conditions change.
Ultimately, excellence is a matter of choice – and we’ve made it ours.
By Tom Monahan, president and CEO
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