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Subject: Unique and Hard-to-Value Assets
Date: August 23, 2012
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations, Department and Division Heads, All Examining Personnel, and Other Interested Parties
Description: New Comptroller’s Handbook Booklet
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is issuing a new booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook in the asset management series. This booklet provides guidance to examiners and bankers on assessing the management of unique and hard-to-value assets. Assets managed by national banks and federal savings associations (collectively, banks) are varied and can include marketable securities, real estate, mineral interests, and closely held or private companies. Asset management accounts can hold insurance, collectibles as well as loans and leases. Many of these asset classes require specialized expertise, controls, and valuation methods.
Issues addressed in this booklet, titled “Unique and Hard-to-Value Assets,” include the following:
In accordance with the OCC’s supervision-by-risk approach, examiners generally use core examination procedures, found in the 2010 “Community Bank Supervision” booklet and the 2010 “Large Bank Supervision” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. Examiners supplement the procedures listed in these booklets, as appropriate, with the procedures detailed in this “Unique and Hard-to-Value Assets” booklet, for additional analysis of these asset types.
Questions and comments regarding this booklet should be directed to Joel Miller, Asset Management Group Leader, at (202) 874-4493, or Joseph Sifuentes, Asset Management Risk Specialist, at (202) 874-4852. To download a copy of this booklet, visit the Comptroller's Handbook Booklets page on occ.gov.
John C. Lyons Jr.
Senior Deputy Comptroller and