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FSB chair updates G20 on COVID-19 support measures, and a roadmap to address climate-related financial risks

On 6 April 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its Chair, Randal K. Quarles, to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their virtual meeting on 7 April. The FSB also delivered to the G20 a report on factors to be considered in extending, amending and ending COVID-19 support … Continue Reading

ECB – Best practices applied by financial market infrastructures in their business continuity plans during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 19 March 2021, the European Central Bank (ECB) issued a paper regarding best practices by financial market infrastructures in their business continuity plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECB reports that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the Eurosystem has been collecting information on the preparedness of payment systems/schemes and their critical service … Continue Reading

IOSCO reviews implementation of liquidity risk management recommendations and market participants´ responses to COVID-19 induced market stresses

On 5 March 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) launched a thematic review of the 2018 Recommendations for Liquidity Risk Management for Collective Investment Schemes.  The thematic review aims to assess the extent to which the Recommendations have been implemented through IOSCO member regulatory frameworks. It also aims to gather information about how … Continue Reading

FCA finds the Covid-19 pandemic leaves over a quarter of UK adults with low financial resilience

On 11 February 2021, the FCA published the results of its latest Financial Lives survey. The annual survey provides a wealth of information about consumers’ attitudes towards managing their money, the financial products they have and their experiences of engaging with financial services firms. The executive summary is in two parts. In the first part, … Continue Reading

COVID-19 recovery: Plenary adopted measures to protect investors and cut red tape for firms

On 11 February 2021, the European Parliament issued a press release reporting that targeted adjustments to MiFID in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were adopted with 339 votes in favour, 294 against and 57 abstentions. Changes to the Prospectus Regulation, which, create a temporary, short-form “EU recovery prospectus” (until 31 December 2022), were also adopted … Continue Reading

EBA provides additional clarity on the implementation of selected COVID-19 policies

On 29 January 2021, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its third COVID-19 implementation report which provides clarifications on questions that have been raised with it. The implementation report includes questions and answers on the guidelines on moratoria which is accompanied by a summary overview of the general payment moratoria in place in the EU. … Continue Reading

ISDA paper on COVID-19 and CCP risk management frameworks

On 8 January 2021, the ISDA published a paper on COVID-19 and CCP risk management frameworks. The paper is based on the feedback that the ISDA Clearing Member Committee received from central counterparties (CCPs) and how their risk management frameworks reacted to the pandemic. The ISDA found that CCPs have dealt with the pandemic well … Continue Reading

EBA provides additional clarity on the implementation of selected COVID-19 policies

On 21 December 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its report on the implementation of selected COVID-19 policies. The report was first published on 7 July 2020 and then updated on 7 August 2020 to provide additional clarity on the implementation of the reporting and disclosure framework in the context of the COVID-19 measures. … Continue Reading

SM&CR and COVID-19 – regulators’ update their expectations

On 18 December 2020, the following were published: Joint PRA and FCA December 2020 update – SM&CR and COVID-19: our expectations of dual regulated firms. FCA December 2020 update – SM&CR and COVID-19: our expectations for solo-regulated firms. FCA December 2020 update – Approved Persons Regime and COVID-19: our expectations. In April 2020, the PRA … Continue Reading

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