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Oct 23, 2012
Global Credit Data speaks at Dataworld Asia

Global Credit Data was invited to speak at the inaugural Dataworld Conference in Singapore last week.  Organised by Asian Banker magazine, Dataworld explored the uses and future of data in the banking and insurance industries.

Global Credit Data's Executive Director, Philip Winckle, delivered two presentations.  The first, on the topic of "Data Sharing" discussed how the finance community had been sharing credit data for many years and why it was essential that this be expanded without hurting competition.  Philip's second presentation focussed on Basel III and the additional data requirements this entailed.  The panel discussion around this topic concluded that Basel III was putting pressure on banks' returns and costs and that improved credit decision making from improved data and models was more important than ever.

Copies of the presentations will be available on request by email to

Oct 1, 2012
Global Credit Data appoints Executive Director
From 1st October Philip Winckle takes on the role of Executive Director, strengthening Global Credit Data's internal resources devoted to global credit data sharing.  Philip will be responsible for a broad range of activities, including both existing member support and new member contact.  Philip is well known to Global Credit Data as a former board Chairman and former Head of Methcom, having been the Head of Group Risk Control at SEB in Sweden.  Philip comments that he looks forward to working more closely with the data collection and modelling staff at member banks and involving himself in contacting potential new member banks.  Philip will gradually take over the work of Martial de Bienassis who is in transition to a very well earned retirement after being the founding executive of Global Credit Data.

Sep 14, 2012
Welcome to RBC, Global Credit Data's 35th member bank

Global Credit Data is proud to announce that it has now grown to 35 members, now that the Royal Bank of Canada has joined.  RBC is the largest Canadian bank by market cap and the 11th largest in the world.  RBC joins fellow Canadian National Bank of Canada and US banks Capital One and Union Bank as the first four North American member banks.

Steve Bennett, Global Credit Data's North American executive says that as a native Canadian he is proud to see two leading Canadian banks taking on the Global Credit Data challenge and notes that he is in detailed discussions with many more North American banks.

Richard Crecel, Global Credit Data's chairman and Head of the risk modelling function with Société Générale, comments that while he is sure that any single bank can get benefit from Global Credit Data's global coverage of the low default asset classes, the reaching of a critical mass in North America will deepen the granularity of data and increase the benefits further.  Richard further noted that at the last General Meeting Sylvain Leith from National Bank of Canada was voted onto the board, giving North American banks a direct representation in Global Credit Data's decisions.

Aug 9, 2012
Strong interest in PD and ODF study at North American Bank webinar

As part of the series of regular telephone and web presentation meetings for North American member banks and prospective members, Steve Bennett of Global Credit Data introduced the topic of Global Credit Data's PD and ODF (observed default frequency) study. A large audience of US and Canadian banks were on the phone and in front of their computer screens to see the lead-in by Philip Winckle (Global Credit Data's incoming Executive Director) who made the point that the attacks by regulators and investors on banks' own risk estimates needs to be countered with quality research data.

Jeroen Batema of OSIS, who has carried out the latest ODF and PD data gathering exercise amongst Global Credit Data member banks, made a strong presentation of the depth and breadth of the data gathered since 2000. He showed how the data point to fair and even conservative levels of PD estimation by European banks on large corporate portfolios when compared to the observed default levels (ODFs).

A video recording of the presentation will be available to interested prospective banks by contacting Steve Bennett at



Jul 14, 2012
Global Credit Data now 34 banks strong!

New Chairman of the Board Mr Richard Crecel proudly announced that with the application received from SR-Bank of Norway, Global Credit Data has now reached 34 banks.  He noted that most new banks joing Global Credit Data based on strong recommendations of their peer banks, who have demonstrated good modelling and benchmarking results from using the data.

In addition Global Credit Data's efforts to introduce banks in North America and Canada to the benefits of global credit data pooling are meeting success, with good attendance at meetings and 3 North American Banks already signed up.

Mr Crecel noted that the number of member banks shown on the banner of the Global Credit Data website would also need to be changed from the old 28 to the new 34!

Jun 29, 2012
New Default and PD Study Analytics unveiled at Analytics Day

Global Credit Data unveiled a new default frequency study (ODF) to member banks at the Analytics Day held on 29 June 2012 in Oslo, hosted by DNB Bank.  The study has collected many thousands of defaults since year 2000 and the analytics showed their breakdown by external risk class equivalents, industry, loan type, region and country.  The data shows very interesting evidence that the level of forward looking default probabilities used by the member banks in their regulatory and internal capital models is much higher than the defaults actually observed, even during periods of extreme downturn.

Jeroen Batema from Open Source Investor Services, who performed the analysis for Global Credit Data was able to show some strong evidence that the correlations between actual defaults in different industry classes were much lower than estimates made from equity data might suggest.  Members agreed to push on with PD and ODF analysis during the second half of 2012.

Jun 28, 2012
New Chairman of the Board and New Chairman of the Methodology Committee

At the General Meeting hosted by DNB Bank in Oslo on 28 June 2012 the existing chairman of the board stepped down due to business reasons and Mr Richard Crecel was unanimously voted in to replace him.  Mr Crecel is the head of Credit Risk Modelling at Société Générale in Paris and has been an active member of the board for the last 3 years, most recently also handling the demanding role as Chairman of the Methodology Committee.

Mr Idar Øsebak of DNB Bank in Norway will succeed Mr Crecel as the new Chairman of the Methodology Committee.

Jun 28, 2012
Enlarged Board of Directors at Oslo Meeting
On 28 June 2012 at the General Meeting hosted by DNB Bank in Oslo, the member banks voted in a new board of directors consisting of 7 persons representing banks from Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway and the UK.  The enlarged board is needed to properly represent the interests of the growing number of member banks.

May 21, 2012
Next general meeting

Global Credit Data will have its next general meeting in Oslo on 28 & 29 June 2012, kindly hosted by DnB NOR Bank.
The meeting is restricted to the member-banks (including recently joined or about to join); they will be proposed the business plan and the budget for year 2013. The members will also review all progress regarding the new database set up by SAS/CapGemini, the Spring 2012 LGD data collection and the developments in Down Turn LGD, Observed Default Frequency and Model benchmarking.

Mar 6, 2012
New member-bank

We are pleased to welcome Capital One Bank as a new member of our association. Capital One Bank, specializing in credit cards, home loans, auto loans, banking and savings products was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Mclean, Virginia, USA.


May 16, 2011
General meeting

The Management Board invites all members to the next general meeting on 30 June and 1July in Paris. Day 1 will be devoted to the developments and progress of the association and its database. Day 2 will be for analytics, with a particular focus on the “Down-turn LGD”.

Feb 15, 2011
New members at the Methodology Committee

The Methodology Committee welcomes 2 persons just appointed by the Board:
Henry EDWARDS is Head of Wholesale Credit Risk Models at STANDARD BANK of South Africa,
Lars AAGAARD is Senior Analyst Credit Risk Management at DANSKE BANK of Denmark.


Feb 15, 2011
A new Chairman

The General Meeting of Members, in Copenhagen, has elected Philip WINCKLE Chairman of the Board of Global Credit Data. Previously Chairman of the Methodology Committee, then Vice-chairman of the Board, Philip WINCKLE combines a thorough knowledge of the Association to senior risk management experience at the large Swedish bank  S E B.
He succeeds to Jeroen BATEMA, who is resigning to devote himself to a new financial services venture. All present members have granted a standing applause to Jeroen BATEMA for his foresighted leadership since the inception of Global Credit Data.

Oct 21, 2010
Collecting Unresolved Defaults
12 Member-banks have started to report Unresolved Defaults; let us thank them for their efforts!

Sep 21, 2010
Methodology Committee re-composed
The re-composed Methodology Committee (the MethCom), now chaired by Richard CRECEL, resumes its work and determines the list of topics until the next general meeting on 16/17th December, in Copenhagen.

Jul 7, 2010
"Modelling techniques with LGD Data" presentation
At their semi-annual meeting in Frankfurt, the Member-banks have been given a remarkable presentation by Pr Rudi ZAGST, of Munich University of Technics, on "Modelling techniques with LGD Data"; of course, the data itself is from the Global Credit Data database.