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Corporate Functions Intensity Analysis

The analysis provides global cost and performance analysis by line of business using a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach, and allows for competitive positioning analysis compared against synthetic, best-fit research groups.

Who is it for?

  • CFOs, CROs, COOs, CCOs, Heads of Strategy


  • Annual Report


  • The analysis is typically focused at the group level with metrics presented for each line of business (Capital Markets/Wealth & Asset Management etc.)
  • The product offers opportunities to be commissioned at a line of business level, providing analysis for underlying functions (Credit Risk, Market Risk, Operational Risk etc.)

Why do it?

The program provides the ability to understand the cost of the Risk/Finance/Compliance functions and the supporting technology group using revenues, operating expense, business headcount and volumes. Additionally, the product provides actionable cost-savings insights by highlighting cost drivers and levers to reduce spend in a cost conscious banking environment.

What you get

  • Cost analysis includes metrics such as spend (Risk, Finance, Compliance), CIR, Intensity ($/OpEx), split by function (Product Control, Financial Control, …)
  • Human resourcing strategy looking at headcount and average cost per resource by cost location (high/medium/low) and contract type (staff/contractor/outsourced) for the function and the supporting IT group
  • Business context using metrics around revenues, operating expenses, capital, risk-weighted assets, etc.

Client commitment

Firms are required to submit extracts from their systems for the relevant data requirements in order to conduct the analysis. In coordination with the client, Expand will conduct the mapping and modelling of all costs to a normalized taxonomy framework in order to ensure like-for-like comparison. Further, Expand will follow up with 1-2 hour of interviews in order to collect qualitative information and to clarify data.

Next Steps

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