BARBADOS PUBLIC WORKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LIMITED | CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL REPORT 2021 110 BARBADOS PUBLIC WORKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LIMITED Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements For the year ended March 31, 2021 (Expressed in Barbados dollars) 86 25.3 Liquidity risk and funding management, continued Liquidity risk is defined as the risk that the Group will encounter difficulty in meeting obligations associated with financial liabilities that are settled by delivering cash or another financial asset. Liquidity risk arises because of the possibility that the Group might be unable to meet its payment obligations when they fall due under both normal and stressed circumstances. To limit this risk, management has arranged diversified funding sources in addition to its core deposit base, and adopted a policy of managing assets with liquidity in mind and of monitoring future cash flows and liquidity on a daily basis. The Group has developed internal control processes and contingency plans for managing liquidity risk. This incorporates an assessment of expected cash flows and the availability of high grade collateral which could be used to secure additional funding if required. The steps taken by the Group to respond to possible future liquidity constraints arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of those steps on the Group’s financial statements include the following: • The Finance, Investment and Asset Management Committee meets monthly to discuss strategies and plans around managing the liquidity and the capital needs of the Group. • Analysis of account aggregation to ensure funding sources are adequately stratified; • Robust stress testing of our liquidity buffer at levels above regulatory requirements; • Assessing the monthly inflow and outflow of funds (liquidity forecasting); • Revisiting measures geared at strengthening the Group’s capital base; • Monitoring of portfolio behavioural matrices in reference to customers servicing their loans; • Performs periodic liquidity and profitability evaluations for existing activities and strategies; • Identifies primary and contingent funding sources needed to meet daily operations, as well as seasonal and cyclical cash flow fluctuations; • Ensures liquidity management strategies are consistent with the board’s expressed risk tolerance; and • Evaluates liquidity and profitability risks associated with new business activities. The Group monitors its loan commitments, which are off-balance sheet items and include unfunded residential mortgages, consumer loans and undrawn lines of credit. Sound risk management practices include closely monitoring the amount of unfunded commitments that require funding over various periods and detailing anticipated demands against unfunded commitments in internal reports and contingency plans. In addition, the Group maintains a portfolio of highly marketable and diverse assets that are assumed to be easily liquidated in the event of an unforeseen interruption of cashflow. This portfolio value has an estimated value of $381,844,691 as at March 31, 2021. In balancing profitability goals and liquidity demands, management carefully evaluates the benefits (yield and increased marketability) of holding liquid assets against the expected higher returns associated with less liquid assets. The Group also has a committed line of credit facility for $7,800,000 that it can access to meet liquidity needs in cases of adverse conditions which results in a greater operational cashflows. In addition, the Group maintains a statutory deposit with the Central Bank of Barbados.