Bankers are looking to loan portfolio management techniques, such as syndications, both to reduce losses and to mitigate their effect on bank earnings, speakers at a Robert Morris Associates conference said.

Preliminary findings of a new risk management survey among 64 banks with assets of more than $5 billion showed that 59% now practice some form of active portfolio management, said Robert Zizka, a consultant at First Manhattan Consulting Group, which analyzed the survey for RMA.

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