Effect of credit risk management on the financial performance of commercial banks in Kenya
The main objective of the study was to carry out a survey of credit risk management practices on the performance of commercial banks in Kenya. This paper seeks to contribute to the literature by broadening the understanding of the concept of credit risk beyond the technical considerations in the accounting, banking and finance literature. The objectives of this study was to identify the types of credit risks that Commercial Banks in Kenya face, to establish the impact of credit risk management practice on performance of commercial banks in Kenya. This study used a descriptive research design to enable the researcher to generalize the findings to a larger population. The study targeted auditors of all commercial banks in Kenya; the population of the study were the credit controllers of all the 43 commercial banks in Kenya. Primary data was collected using questionnaires which were administered using drop and pick method by the researcher. The data was then analyzed using quantitative techniques. The study concluded that bank considers risk identification as a process in credit risk management, that the bank focuses in interest rate risks in the risk identification map and that the bank focuses in foreign exchange risks. The study also concludes that in view of risk analysis as a credit risk management practice in the bank the application of modern approaches to risk measurement, particularly for credit and overall risks is important for commercial banks and that risk analysis helps the bank management to discover mistake at early stages and that risk monitoring can be used to make sure that risk management practices are in line with proper risk monitoring. The study recommended that commercial banks management should understand how they can edge themselves against the eminent dangers of over exposure to credit risk whose importance cannot be understated as can be realized from the findings that can impact negatively on their profitability.