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Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … Continue Reading

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our readers

To all of our global readers we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will resume posting material following the festive period on 9 January 2023 although if there are any significant developments we will endeavour to provide an update.… Continue Reading

BIS publishes standards on the prudential treatment of cryptoasset exposures

The Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, met on 16 December to endorse its finalised prudential standard on banks’ cryptoasset exposures and the Committee’s work programme and strategic priorities for 2023-24. The standard provides that unbacked cryptoassets and stablecoins with ineffective … Continue Reading

Relief from Requirement to provide FSGs for Authorised Representatives until November 2027

On 24 November 2022, following an application from an insurer and further consultation with industry, consumers and government stakeholders, ASIC introduced the ASIC Corporations (Financial Services Guides) Instrument 2022/910 (Instrument) to provide relief to certain Authorised Representatives of Australian financial services licensees (ARs) from complying with the requirement to provide a Financial Services Guide. This … Continue Reading

FSB encourages final transition to robust reference as cessation of remaining LIBOR panels approaches

On 16 December 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a progress report on the transition from LIBOR and other benchmarks. The progress report: The progress report makes the following conclusions:… Continue Reading

Monthly Global Fintech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought them … Continue Reading

Basel Committee publishes evaluation of the impact and efficacy of the Basel III reforms

On 14 December 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a report on the evaluation of the impact and efficacy of the Basel III reforms. This report provides the Committee’s first holistic evaluation of the impact and efficacy of the Basel III reforms and how they have affected bank resilience and systemic risk as … Continue Reading

FSB proposed strengthening the liquidity management framework for open-ended funds

On 14 December 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its assessment of the effectiveness of the FSB’s 2017 recommendations on liquidity mismatch in open-ended funds (OEFs). The assessment, which forms part of the FSB’s work programme to enhance the resilience of non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI), includes proposals for further policy work in this area. … Continue Reading

Financial Services monthly wrap-up: November 2022

The month of November saw a flurry of regulatory activity by APRA and ASIC across strategic focus areas: crypto-asset regulation, enforcement of design and distribution obligations, reforming operational risk requirements for super funds and improving governance practices across the superannuation industry at investment and board levels. Meanwhile, AUSTRAC launched two consultations on proposed changes and … Continue Reading

Basel Committee clarifies how climate-related financial risks may be captured in the existing Basel Framework

On 8 December 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued responses to frequently asked questions to clarify how climate-related financial risks may be captured in existing Pillar 1 standards. The responses, which are consistent with the Basel Committee’s Principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks, cover the calculation of risk … Continue Reading

FSB calls for urgent work to address cross-border resolution challenges in the non-bank sector

On 8 December 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its 2022 Resolution Report. The report takes stock of progress made by FSB members in implementing resolution reforms and enhancing resolvability across the banking, financial market infrastructure, and insurance sectors. The report notes that there has been a lot of progress in resolvability in the … Continue Reading

CPMI and IOSCO report ‘Implementation monitoring of the PFMI: level 3 assessment on financial market infrastructures’ cyber resilience’

On 29 November 2022, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report, ‘Implementation monitoring of the Principles of financial marketing infrastructures (PFMI): level 3 assessment on financial market infrastructures’ cyber resilience’. In April 2012, the CPMI and IOSCO published the PFMI, which set out … Continue Reading

IOSCO final report ‘Investor behaviour and investor education in times of turmoil: Recommended framework for regulators based on lessons learned from the COVID- 19 pandemic’

On 30 November 2022, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions published a report, ‘Investor behaviour and investor education in times of turmoil: Recommended framework for regulators based on lessons learned from the COVID- 19 pandemic’.  The final report highlights the research insights and experiences IOSCO members gained during the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores changes in … Continue Reading

NRF Shareholder Collaboration Tool

Institutional investors collaborate with each other when communicating with investee companies’ management regarding, for example, ESG matters. Such shareholder collaboration leads to challenges in multiple legal areas. Minimising such legal risk is key. NRF’s Shareholder Collaboration Tool allows Institutional investors to confidently collaborate, while reducing the burden on legal teams to manage the associated risks. … Continue Reading

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

FSB publishes 2022 annual report on promoting global financial stability

On 16 November 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its latest annual report on promoting financial stability. The report, delivered to the G20 leaders ahead of their Bali Summit, describes the FSB’s work to promote global financial stability. Among other things the report makes the following findings: The outlook for financial stability is particularly … Continue Reading

FSB and NGFS publish initial findings and lessons from the Climate Scenario Analysis by Jurisdictions

On 15 November 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) published their initial findings and lessons from the Climate Scenario Analysis by Jurisdictions. The report provides a synthesis of the findings from climate scenario analysis exercises undertaken by financial authorities at the individual firm level, at the level … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … Continue Reading

FSB final report ‘Financial policies in the wake of COVID-19: supporting equitable recovery and addressing effects from scarring in the financial sector’

On 14 November 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published ‘Financial policies in the wake of COVID-19: supporting equitable recovery and addressing effects from scarring in the financial sector’. The final report considers exit strategies through the lens of financial stability and the capacity of the financial system to finance strong and equitable growth. Incorporating … Continue Reading

FSB chair writes to G20 leaders ahead of the Bali Summit

On 11 November 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its Chair, Klaas Knot, to G20 leaders ahead of their Summit in Bali on 15-16 November. The letter sets forth that developments since the Rome Summit have been a stark reminder that global financial stability should not be taken for granted. So … Continue Reading

Financial Services monthly wrap-up: October 2022

October has been a busy month for regulators with both ASIC and APRA releasing their reports on the 2021/22 financial year. The chairs of both regulators, in addressing the House of Representatives, signalled their progress in the past year and their goals for the year ahead. The month of October 2022 also saw both ASIC … Continue Reading

IOSCO call for action on good sustainable finance practices for financial markets voluntary standard setting bodes and industry associates

On 7 October 2022, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) announced a  call for action on good sustainable finance practices for financial markets voluntary standard setting bodes and industry associates. IOSCO is calling upon all voluntary standard setting bodies and industry associations operating in financial markets to promote good practices amongst their members to … Continue Reading

FSB publishes report on OTC Derivative Market reforms: Implementation progress in 2022

On 7 November 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report on OTC Derivatives Market Reforms: Implementation progress in 2022. The report tracks national and regional progress in implementing the G20 reforms to global over-the counter (OTC) derivatives market reforms following the 2007 Global Financial Crisis. The report finds that overall implementation across the … Continue Reading
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