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Battle of the Banks 2019

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About The Competition

The Bank Management Simulation Program, provides participants with a broad perspective on the business of banking. By taking on the role of the management team of a virtual bank for the duration of four financial quarters, participants of the Battle of the Banks (BOTB) become familiar with the products and the activities of a full-service bank. Whilst interacting with the banking simulation that is close to reality, participants get to experience the impact that the economy, regulations as well as the competition have on the financial performance of a bank. Decisions are also made on the mitigation of some key risks facing banks today. The simulation program provides a powerful and engaging learning experience set in the context of the current banking environment. Participants develop skills and insights focusing on what it takes to manage a full-service bank successfully in today’s competitive and volatile marketplace..

Benefits of the Competition

1.Provides a complete and holistic view into the operations of a full-service bank in a dynamic competitive environment.

2.Exposes participants to the challenges of risk management strategies, corporate governance and business ethics.

3. Assists participants in making responsible decisions to drive Shareholder Value Creation for the bank, considering all core stakeholders, e.g. clients, personnel, regulators and shareholders.

4.Enhances the understanding of the key value drivers in a bank, namely financial performance, customer appreciation and loyalty, compliance to regulations and brand image.

Tasks of participants

Participants are emerged into a realistic banking environment where they take on the role of the management team of a bank for the duration of four financial quarters.

Each quarter participants decide on the following:

Retail banking activities - participants decide on pricing and the amount of new business they want to attract as far as personal loans, credit cards, home loans, saving accounts and certificates of deposit are concerned

Corporate (Business) banking activities - participants decide on pricing and new business they want to attract in four major industries in the economy

Private Banking activities - Portfolio Management, Internet Brokerage and Investment Advice

Investment banking activities - Trading activities, underwriting and mergers and acquisitions

Distribution Channel Management - they decide on their branch network, self-banking kiosks, marketing, training of personnel, technology etc

Funding sources - participants have to decide on the diversification of various funding sources available

Training, IT, and marketing - decisions have to be made on ow much to invest in the training in staff, IT and marketing to increase the performance of the bank

Risk Management - Decisions have to be made on Credit Risk, Interest Rate Risk and deployment of capital

Macroeconomic Environment - Participants need to take a number of key macroeconomic indicators into account when making quarterly decisions for their bank. Among other, the central bank funding rate, gross domestic product, consumer price index as well as the housing market need to be taken into account.

Who should participate?

A Financial professionals with 2 – 5 years’ experience

Teams from banks, financial institutions and consulting companies

From various departments within a bank/ organisation e.g. treasury, risk, sales and finance


Andrew Kinsey

Andrew has worked in the South African financial markets for over 25 years. His diverse activities have included trading and marketing currency options and long-term forwards with major South African banks; and proprietary trading in South African fixed income, equity index and the single stock option arena. He also managed cash money market and foreign exchange trading rooms for a decade, and spent seven years as Head of Risk Management at an online trading company.

Andrew has delivered financial market training across a broad range of topics for the last decade in places as far afield as New York, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Accra and Johannesburg. Most recently he has been contributing regular contributor to a twice- weekly financial blog on politics, macro-economics, market strategies and Central Bank comment and analysis for retail clients.

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