The Role of a Bank's Asset-liability Committee (ALCO)

The Role of a Bank's Asset-liability Committee (ALCO)

A bank’s Asset-Liability Committee or ALCO is possibly the most important executive operating committee in a bank. Here, Moorad explains what ALCO is, outlines their responsibilities and provides some insight into their objectives and governance structure.
Overview

The role of a bank’s Asset-Liability Committee ultimately lies in managing the bank’s balance sheet and ensuring that the balance sheet shape and structure are robust and long-term viable.

Key learning objectives:

  • What is an ALCO?

  • What are the main responsibilities of an ALCO?

  • What should the ideal ALCO governance structure look like?

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