Glossary

ALM (Asset and Liability Management)

ALM refers to the continuous matching of corporate assets and liabilities. It ensures that promised payments are covered by achievable returns. ALM serves as a management instrument for developing a strategy with which financial goals can be achieved within prescribed risk limits.

Assets under management

Total capital assets that are valued at fair value, under management by the group, and where the group is responsible for asset performance.

Associated companies

The parent company and its subsidiaries are considered to be associated companies if the parent company is able to exert control over the business policies of the subsidiary. Examples of this are where the parent company directly or indirectly holds more than half of all voting rights, a controlling agreement exists, or it is possible to appoint the majority of the members of the Managing Board or other executive bodies of the subsidiary (§ 244 UGB).

Available for sale securities

Available for sale securities include securities that were not acquired with the intention of being held-to-maturity, or for short-term trading purposes. These available for sale securities are recognised at market value as of the balance sheet reporting date.