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BIS newsletter on bank exposures to non-bank financial intermediaries

On 24 November 2022, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published a newsletter on bank exposures to non-bank financial intermediaries. The newsletter highlights the following: The non-bank financial intermediary (NBFI) sector continues to grow and has the potential to cause financial stability concerns, though its size and the associated risk vary amongst member jurisdictions. Recent … Continue Reading

FSB publishes list of globally systemically important Banks

On 21 November 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published the 2022 list of globally systemically important banks (G-SIBs). The list is based on end-2021 data and an assessment methodology designed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which was revised in 2018. The revised methodology is applied for the first time this year. The … Continue Reading

EBA Opinion on the set-up and operationalisation of intermediate EU parent undertakings

On 7 November 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published an Opinion on the set-up and operationalisation of intermediate EU parent undertaking(s) under Article 21b of the Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV). Article 21b of the CRD IV strengthens the supervision of third-country groups with significant activities in the EU. It does this by … Continue Reading

BCBS reaffirms Basel III implementation expectations and work priorities

On 13 September 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) published a press release following a meeting of the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) reaffirming their expectation to implement Basel III in full and work as fast as possible; provide direction on future work on climate-related financial risks and … Continue Reading

Implementing Basel III

On 8 February 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a speech by its Chair, Pablo Hernández de Cos, entitled ‘Implementing Basel III’. Key points in the speech include: An open global financial system requires a set of global minimum and consistent prudential standards. A failure to achieve this could result in … Continue Reading

The Council of the IFSB has adopted two new standards

On 10 December 2021, the Council of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) adopted two new standards: IFSB-23: Revised Capital Adequacy Standard for Institutions offering Islamic Financial Services (IIFS). IFSB-23 was developed to align the IFSB’s guidance on capital adequacy for the banking sector with the latest updates to global capital standards, particularly those issued … Continue Reading

FSB global monitoring report on non-bank financial intermediation

On 16 December 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published the Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2021. The report presents the results of the FSB’s annual monitoring exercise to assess global trends and risks in non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI). In contrast to the trend over the past decade, the NBFI sector grew less … Continue Reading

FSB illustrates practical approaches to the execution of bail-in

On 13 December 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a paper on the execution of bail-in. Bail-in is at the core of resolution strategies for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). Set out in the Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions, it is an important tool enabling an orderly resolution that minimises … Continue Reading

FSB 2021 Resolution Report: “Glass half-full or still half-empty?”

On 7 December 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its 2021 Resolution Report. The Resolution Report takes stock of the progress made in implementing the FSB resolution policies and enhancing resolvability across the banking, financial market infrastructure, and insurance sectors. It also sets out the FSB’s priorities in the resolution area going forward. Looking … Continue Reading

2021 list of G-SIBs

On 23 November 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published the 2021 list of global systematically important banks (G-SIBs) using end-2020 data and an assessment methodology designed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee). FSB member authorities apply the following requirements to G-SIBs: Higher capital buffer. The G-SIBs have been allocated to buckets … Continue Reading

SC-STS Updates SORA Market Compendium

The SC-STS has updated the SORA Market Compendium. With the deadlines for the cessation of use of SOR for new loans, securities and derivatives having passed, this update provides market participants with a snapshot and market insights on the SOR to SORA Transition to date as well as current and expected volumes, liquidity and trends. … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on ‘Principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks’

On 16 November 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a public consultative document titled Principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks. The BCBS reports that a review of the existing Basel Framework has concluded that while the ‘Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision’ (Core Principles) and the ‘Supervisory … Continue Reading

FSB progress report ‘Enhancing the Resilience of Non-Bank Financial Intermediation’

On 1 November 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its progress report, ‘Enhancing the Resilience of Non-Bank Financial Intermediation’, which was delivered to G20 Leaders ahead of their Summit last weekend. This report details the progress over the past year and the planned work set out by the FSB alongside, standard-setting bodies and other … Continue Reading

FSB speech – Financial stability and coordination in times of crisis

On 18 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a speech by its chair, Randal K Quarles, titled ‘Financial Stability and Coordination in Times of Crisis’. In his speech, Mr Quarles focuses on four areas: Reacting and responding to crisis: Leveraging cooperation to ensure stability and contain spill- During the decade between the global … Continue Reading

FSB publishes targets for enhancing cross-border payments

On 13 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a press release announcing the publication of its first consolidated progress report covering the progress made during the first year of the G20’s Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments. The report highlights that most of the milestones set by the Roadmap for 2021 have been completed … Continue Reading

Hong Kong: Wealth Management Connect launches: the nuts and bolts at a glance

The widely anticipated Cross-boundary Wealth Management Connect Pilot Scheme (Wealth Management Connect), expected to create a combined funds flow of RMB 300 billion (US$46.5 billion) in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), has formally launched on 10 September 2021. Wealth Management Connect, which will come into operation in October 2021, consists of northbound and … Continue Reading

Proportionality in bank regulation and supervision – a joint global survey

On 30 July 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) and the World Bank (WB) published a report on an earlier joint global survey that focussed on proportionality in bank regulation and supervision. The survey involved 90 authorities, with a broad distribution across geographical regions and income groups. The concept of proportionality is … Continue Reading

ARRC formally recommends Term SOFR

On 29 July 2021, the ARRC has formally recommended the CME Group’s forward-looking Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) term rates (Term SOFR).  It follows the completion of interdealer trading conventions to SOFR earlier this week.  This means that parties which have contracts which include the ARRC hardwired fallbacks will fallback to Term SOFR given that … Continue Reading

SC-STS Publishes recommendations and updated timelines for transition to SORA

The SC-STS published its Recommendations for Transition of Legacy SOR Contracts on 29 July 2021, with updated timelines and key recommendations for the industry-wide transition from SOR to SORA. Market participants are urged to take active steps to substantially transition out of legacy SOR exposures by 31 December 2021, using the SOR-SORA basis swap market … Continue Reading

Basel Committee discusses effects of Covid-19 on banks, assesses post-crisis reforms and agrees public consultation on cryptoassets

On 7 June 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) issued a press release following its meeting on 4 June 2021. During this meeting the Basel Committee took stock of COVID-19 risks to the banking system and discussed policy and supervisory initiatives. In terms of crypto-assets the press release notes that the Basel … Continue Reading

FSB seeks feedback on its proposals for quantitative targets for enhancing cross-border payments

On 31 May 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a consultative document regarding targets for addressing the four challenges of cross-border payments – cost, speed, transparency and access. The FSB explains that these targets are a foundational step in the G20 Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments. The consultative document: (i) describes the principles, and … Continue Reading

Hong Kong: HKMA releases plans for Phases III and IV of Open API Framework

On 13 May 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released its implementation plan for Phases III and IV of the Open API Framework (click here to read our previous blog on the launch of the Open API Framework in July 2018).  The initial batch of API functions for Phases III and IV, covering deposit … Continue Reading

Basel Committee publishes work programme and strategic priorities for 2021-22

On 16 April 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published its work programme for 2021-22. The work programme focuses on three key themes: COVID-19 resilience and recovery. This includes ongoing monitoring and assessment of risks and vulnerabilities to the global banking system. Horizon scanning and mitigation of medium-term risks and trends. This … Continue Reading

SC-STS issues implementation guidance on SOR loans and end-September 2021 timeline for cessation of issue of SOR Derivatives and SIBOR-linked Financial Products

The SC-STS have issued the Timelines to Cease Issuance of SOR Derivatives and SIBOR-Linked Financial Products and recommended the end-September 2021 as the timeline for all banks to cease issue of SOR derivatives and SIBOR-linked cash products. The SC-STS also took the opportunity to issue guidance on dealing with the limited cases of SOR loans … Continue Reading
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