A well-informed ALCO focused on making decisions with the right information has the best odds for successfully managing this very real balancing act. Making decisions and executing effective strategies starts with gaining a clear understanding of the true risk profile of the balance sheet. This requires accurate data and, most critically, supportable assumptions that reflect actual real-world experiences of your bank. It also requires challenging the plausible with an understanding of the downside risks of the potentially unexpected — embracing the roll of stress testing as a quality assurance component of the risk management process. Armed with the right information, your ALCO is then, and only then, truly prepared to develop the right strategies for your institution, regardless of what others are or are not doing. During this session, attendees will gain valuable insights into best practices in modeling and the keys to turning data into information that will enhance their ALCO’s decision-making effectiveness.