Asset quality

Bank management components are:

# Asset management,
# Liquidity management
# Liability management
# Capital adequacy management
# Risk management

Asset management is related to the left hand side of the bank balance sheet. Bank mangers are concerned with the quality of their loans since that provides earnings for the bank. Loan quality and asset quality are two terms with basically the same meaning.

Government bonds and T-bills are considered as good quality loans whereas junk bonds, corporate credits to low credit score firms etc. are bad quality loans. A bad quality loan has a higher probability of becoming a non-performing loan with no return. Ratio of non-performing loans in Japan is expected to be as high as 25% of the overall bank assets.

ee also

* CAMELS ratings
* Bank condition
* Banking regulation

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