National bank examiners received updated instructions Tuesday on assessing an institution's risk through sampling techniques.

The new Office of the Comptroller of the Currency guidelines give examiners more discretion in selecting sampling methodologies to judge bank loans, investments, deposits, and off-balance-sheet accounts.

The 47-page document instructs examiners to tell national banks when sampling will be used, which portfolios will be sampled, what type of sampling will be used, and why.

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