PHILADELPHIA, June 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The latest book from The Risk Management Association is now available in both paperback and e-book formats.

RMA has continued a proud tradition of publishing that advances sound risk management principles with Banking Pillars: How Banks of All Sizes Can Achieve Excellence under Basel III by Peter W. Buerger.

One of the biggest challenges for the banking industry in the aftermath of the financial crisis is in navigating new and changing regulations, many of which have emanated from the Basel III Accord. Banking Pillars—now available through and RMA's website—walks readers through the latest Basel requirements and summarizes the most important issues on the regulatory landscape.

The book's areas of focus include key risk and performance indicators, sound capital planning, corporate governance, the liquidity coverage and leverage ratios, and requirements for systemically important financial institutions. Ultimately, the author notes, the book is about prudent and simple things in life that are important to human beings all over the world: having money (capital or solvency), having some cash in your pocket (liquidity), knowing your risks, operating with realistic and sustainable goals in mind, and acting as an honest businessperson.

Buerger is Managing Director of Risk & More and specializes in banking- and risk management-related consulting and advisory projects. Within the last three years, he has also provided tailored training services to banks, institutions, and corporations in many financial centers around the world, including North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Prior to this Buerger worked in banking for 20 years with Commerzbank in Frankfurt and London and UniCredit in Munich.

Buerger recently spoke at RMA's Governance, Compliance, and Operational Risk (GCOR) Conference, and is slated to appear at the 2015 RMA Annual Risk Management Conference in the fall.

"Peter is able to present technical subject matter in a clear way that sticks with his audience, whether he is delivering a keynote speech, leading a training session, or writing an article or book," said Bill Githens, RMA's President and CEO. "I highly recommend Banking Pillars to anyone who is interested in or affected by the far-reaching impact of Basel III."

Buerger said, "I truly enjoyed writing this book and would like to express my sincere gratitude to RMA for its support during the process. It is an honor and a privilege to be associated with RMA. Further, I would like to acknowledge the large number of individuals I have met and worked with since 1990, as they all contributed to some extent to the experience and know-how in this book."

Banking Pillars is available now in paperback at and through the RMA website at An e-book version is also available through Amazon.

Other recent RMA books include:

· Broke: America's Banking System, Common Sense Ideas to Fix Banking in America, by Richard J. Parsons—A look at why more than 3,000 financial institutions have failed in the U.S. since the 1980s and recommendations for systemic improvements.

· Perspectives on Credit Risk, Portfolio Management, and Capital: Readings from The RMA Journal, edited by Joseph L. Breeden and Michel Araten—The articles showcase the contributions RMA and the various authors made from 2001 to 2014 in advancing improvement in banks' credit risk policies.

· Realism in Lending, Plus Other Readings on Quality Credit Culture and Sound Risk Management, by P. Henry Mueller and William W. Sihler—Stresses the importance of common sense, culture, sound fundamentals, and respect for credit cycles.

Summaries and ordering information for all three books are available at

About RMA

The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, and operational risk. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 2,600 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the association by more than 16,000 risk management professionals who are chapter members in financial centers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. Visit RMA on the Web at

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