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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Conference offers global perspective on challenges in credit analysis, risk management

The third International Conference on Credit Analysis and Risk Management will take place August 21-22 on Oakland University’s campus. Presentations by business and academic experts will focus on credit analysis at the global level, along with new and existing models and methods for credit risk management, credit analysis and relationship lending.


Featuring presentations by renowned financial and accounting experts from across the world -- including industry professionals representing Citibank, Ford Motor Credit, and the IMF, as well as academics from University of Michigan, Columbia University, Oakland University and the Paris School of Economics -- this conference will cover a wide range of applications, from retail to commercial credit while offering opportunities to network with business leaders, industry colleagues and emerging business talent. Online conference registration is available here.

The unique two-day event is the only conference of its kind in the region. 

New this year, financial professionals can also take part in a four-hour seminar and receive an Executive Certificate of Education in Credit Analysis. The Credit Analysis Seminar will run concurrently with the conference from 1-5 p.m., Friday, August 22. This section of the conference focuses on commercial, international and retail credit as well as credit derivatives Certificate registrants may attend both days of the conference.

Online registration for the seminar is available here.

“The primary benefit of Oakland’s conference on Credit Analysis and Risk Management is that it brings experienced speakers from both business and academe together for a dynamic discussion on a topic that directly impacts our economy: namely, how to manage financial transactions in a global business environment,” says Gene Grabowski, analytic team leader, SAS, a business analytics software and services company. Grabowski, an Oakland University economics graduate, serves on the conference’s organizing committee.


The material is very relevant, especially in light of recent municipal and sovereign bond defaults, organizers say. Advancing learning and awareness of credit analysis also can help prevent credit excesses and crises of the past.


“In the two prior conferences, the focus was on the aftermath of the financial crisis and the ensuing credit crunch,” Grabowski says. “Now that economic conditions have improved, it will be interesting to get a perspective on future challenges and how to avoid past mistakes.”


The conference material appeals professionals from finance, credit analysis, risk management and academia.


“Most of the people who attend are pretty sophisticated,” says J. Austin Murphy, program co-chair and finance professor at Oakland University’s business school. “Many people come from banks and lending companies.”


Now in its third year, the conference is sponsored by the Enterprise Risk Analysis Institute in the Department of Accounting and Finance at Oakland University’s business school, and hosted alternately between Oakland University and business education centers in Europe.


The first and second conferences, held in 2011 and 2012, resulted in dedicated special issues of the Journal of Credit Risk and Credit and Capital Markets, along with Cambridge Scholars books summarizing the conference papers and panel discussions