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The Building Society Sourcebook (Half-day)

The building societies sourcebook is guidance that has been provided to building societies by the regulator. It explains the different approaches that may be used for lending, treasury, funding and risk management.

This course covers:

  • The background to the Sourcebook
  • The different lending and treasury approaches
  • Treasury investments & liquidity
  • Funding sources
  • Risk management

Societies must assign themselves to a category or approach that best describes their business.

The simpler approaches restrict the business and products that can be offered. The higher level approaches require more resources and management expertise.

The regulator uses the sourcebook as a benchmark and can restrict the business or call for improved processes and resources where they are deemed necessary.

Senior managers should therefore have a working knowledge of the sourcebook and how it affects the society in order to be able to respond to any regulatory challenge.

This course is designed for such a senior management group who have either direct lending, treasury or risk responsibility.

Full details are below.

Morning or Afternoon

What BSOCS is about

  • Background
  • Oversight
  • How it works

BSOCS 1: Introduction

  • Application
  • The Approaches
  • The role of Societies

BSOCS 2: Lending

  • Affordability
  • Non-traditional lending
  • Lending policy

BSOCS 3: Treasury Investments & Liquidity Risk Management

  • Purpose
  • Liquidity Policy Statement
  • Liquidity risk management
  • Assets

BSOCS 4: Funding

  • Background
  • Sources

BSOCS 5: Financial Risk Management

  • Outline of risks
  • Hedging
  • Systems
  • Policy statement on financial risk management
  • IT
  • Board MI
  • Stress testing
  • Credit exposures
  • Role of Audit

BSOCS 6: Diversification

  • Restrictions

 End of workshop & review

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