Join us in celebrating 100 Years of The RMA Journal

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100 Years of The RMA Journal

Over the past century, The RMA Journal has evolved with and adapted to the industry we serve. Although the contents of the Journal has changed over the years—from a focus on commercial lending to a more diverse spotlight on enterprise risk management including credit risk, market risk, operational risk, and regulatory affairs—the Journal has continued to offer practical advice on managing risk, while at the same time advancing the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry. 

We thank our authors and, most importantly, our readers for trusting The RMA Journal as an invaluable resource and learning tool, and we invite you to celebrate The RMA Journal Centennial through this site. Check out the interactive timeline; immerse yourself in the history of The RMA Journal; eavesdrop on what people are saying about the Journal through our media page; and peruse our publications covering the best techniques and practices for measuring and mitigating risk.

A Message from our CEO

I was proud to be RMA’s CEO as we celebrated our Association’s Centennial a few years ago. This year, I have the honor of marking another important milestone, the 100th anniversary of The RMA Journal. Over the next year, The RMA Journal will highlight its history with special features and photos—all leading up to a 100th anniversary edition in September 2018. You can be part of the celebration. Through this website, you can learn about the history of the Journal, see articles from its century of promoting sound risk management principles, and read what industry leaders have to say about RMA’s premiere publication. We are proud of the Journal, and aware that we owe its success to its authors, its editorial advisory board and journalistic excellence committee, and most of all to the RMA membership. Your readership and support have established The RMA Journal as an important asset—not just to RMA members but to the entire financial services industry.

I hope you enjoy the site. Here’s to the 100th anniversary of The RMA Journal. 

 Bill Githens, The Risk Management Association President & CEO

The Journal is like an old friend that regularly shows up and teaches me new facts, reinforces important habits, and challenges me to learn new skills by introducing new ideas.

Robert Messer

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, American National Bank of Texas

The RMA Journal throughout its 100 years.

The first issue of Confidential Bulletin, which would become The RMA Journal, appeared in July 1918. The second issue of Confidential Bulletin printed in August 1918 (featured here) was a five-page typescript containing a list of club officers and committee members, an article on the benefits of membership, and summaries of “Articles Worthwhile for Credit Men.”

By 1921, the Bulletin was a 24-page, professionally printed journal, and it has grown in size and scope in the 96 years since. Check out RMA’s publication covers through the years and each month you can view a new article taken from each decade.

1910s

This five-page publication Confidential Bulletin, predecessor to The RMA Journal, first appeared in July 1918.

1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
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2010s

Centennial

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