Article: UBS Risk Management Fiasco Illustrates Hidden Big Bank IT Time Bombs

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UBS Risk Management Fiasco Illustrates Hidden Big Bank IT Time Bombs

Yves Smith

Naked Capitalism, 11 January 2013

One of the sources of risk in big and even moderately big banks that does not get the attention it deserves is information systems. Having mission critical systems function smoothly, or at least adequately, is crucial to a major trading operation. Huge volumes of transactions flow through these firms, and the various levels of reporting (customer exposures, funds flows, risk levels, transaction and reconciliation failures) need to be highly reliable or things get ugly fast. Witness MF Global, where the firm was unable to cope with the transaction volume of its final days and literally did not know where money was at various points in time during the day.

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