In rough seas, determined, forward looking and structured action is required



The banking world is in the midst of the worst crisis since the financial crash of 2008/2009—this time however, the cause is exogenous. The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as one of the 21st century’s most serious threats to public health and the global economy. Banks must now respond in a determined, forward-looking and structured manner. 

The more complex the situation, the more important it is to follow a structured emergency protocol and make full use of any room for maneuver.

1st Situation analysis - Know your enemies and your allies

Given the current lack of empirical financial data, banks need to analyze the epidemiological dynamics of Covid-19 and understand their impacts on risk. Moreover, a close eye should be kept on the actions of public institutions, governments as well as the general mood in the banking sector, as the private corporate and banking sectors will not be able to solve this crisis alone. 

2nd Impact assessment and prioritization - Determine your priorities quickly

Rapid identification of the most urgent areas and a rough prioritization of fields of action is critical. Our current analyses suggest that managing credit risk is the most urgent field of action — we therefore recommend conducting a pragmatic (credit) portfolio stress test and regularly updating it with epidemic, political and economic developments as they occur. The results  of the stress tests form the basis of your emergency program.

3rd Action program - "Wait and see" is not an option

These six measures should be kept in mind in any emergency program:

  • Ensure business continuity through virtual leadership
  • Apply forbearance and avoid cyclical risk provisioning
  • Ensure customer access and communication
  • Prepare for a credit run and the distribution of fiscal aid
  • Adjust your risk appetite and balance sheet to the new conditions
  • Mobilize workout and restructuring capabilities

zeb supports its customers with all of the measures described above. The following pages detail the building blocks of an effective emergency response and include comprehensive information on epidemiological, political and economic developments. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions – now more than ever, we are here to support our customers in any way possible.