Measuring Our Operational Risks

We calculate and measure the regulatory and economic capital for operational risk using the internal Advanced Measurement Approach (“AMA”) methodology. Our AMA capital calculation is based upon the loss distribution approach (“LDA”). Gross losses from historical internal and external loss data (Operational Riskdata eXchange Association (“ORX”) consortium data), adjusted for direct recoveries, and external scenarios from a public database complemented by internal scenario data are used to estimate the risk profile (that is, a loss frequency and a loss severity distribution). Thereafter, the frequency and severity distributions are combined in a Monte Carlo simulation to generate potential losses over a one year time horizon. Finally, the risk mitigating benefits of insurance are applied to each loss generated in the Monte Carlo simulation. Correlation and diversification benefits are applied to the net losses in a manner compatible with regulatory requirements to arrive at a net loss distribution at Group level covering expected and unexpected losses. Capital is then allocated to each of the business divisions and both a qualitative adjustment (“QA”) and an expected loss (“EL”) deduction are made.

The qualitative adjustment (“QA”) reflects the effectiveness and performance of the day-to-day operational risk management activities via KRIs and Self Assessment scores focusing on the business environment and internal control factors. The qualitative adjustment is applied as a percentage adjustment to the final capital number. This approach makes qualitative adjustment transparent to the management of the businesses and provides feedback on their risk profile as well as on the success of their management of operational risk. It thus provides incentives for the businesses to continuously improve the management of operational risks in their areas.

The expected loss (“EL”) for operational risk is based on historical loss experience and expert judgment considering business changes denoting the expected cost of operational losses for doing business. To the extent it is considered in the divisional business plans it is deducted from the AMA capital figure within certain constraints. The unexpected losses per business division (after QA and EL) are aggregated to produce the Group AMA capital figure.

Regulatory and economic capital for operational risk is calculated on a quarterly basis. The used internal data is captured in a snapshot at the beginning of the quarterly production cycle and undergoes a quality assurance and sign-off. Therefore, the complete history of previous quarter’s internal losses is taken into account in the calculation of the capital figures. ORX external data is submitted by the ORX members and also undergoes a quality assurance and sign-off. This data is recognized in the capital calculation at the earliest time after six months. For the additional external loss data sourced from the IBM OpData (formerly named OpVantage) we use the data available twice a year (in the first and third quarters).

Economic capital is derived from the 99.98 % percentile and allocated to the business divisions and used in performance measurement and resource allocation, providing an incentive to manage operational risk, optimizing economic capital utilization. The regulatory capital operational risk applies the 99.9 % percentile.

Since December 2007, we have maintained approval by the BaFin to use the AMA. In 2012, the integration of Postbank into our Group-wide framework was finalized. On May 15, 2013, BaFin approved the integration of Postbank into our regulatory capital calculation, which has been reflected since the second quarter of 2013.


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