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Basel Committee progress report on the adoption of the Basel regulatory framework

On 14 October 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a progress report on the adoption of the Basel regulatory framework. Basel III was developed by BCBS as an internationally agreed set of measures in response to the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. The measures within the regulatory framework aim to strengthen the … Continue Reading

Basel III and global cooperation: where do we go from here?

On 8 September 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a speech given by its Secretary General, Carolyn Rogers, entitled Basel III and global cooperation: where do we go from here? During the course of her speech Carolyn Rogers addresses, among other things, some of the more common arguments that have been used to … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on an amendment to the process for reviewing the G-SIB methodology

On 20 July 2021, the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision published a consultation document setting out a technical amendment to the Basel framework. The amendment sets out a new process that will be used by the Committee to review the assessment methodology for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). The Committee plans to replace the existing … Continue Reading

FSB interim report on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial stability perspective

On 13 July 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published an interim report on the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial stability perspective. Among other things the interim report notes that: So far, the global financial system has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to greater resilience, supported by the G20 reforms, and … Continue Reading

Basel Committee – technical amendments to the calculation of minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions

On 1 July 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published two technical amendments to the standard on minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions (SFTs). The first technical amendment addresses an interpretative issue relating to collateral upgrade transactions and the second corrects for a misstatement of the formula used to calculate haircut floors for … 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

Basel Committee proposes amendments to rules on haircut floors for securities financing transactions

On 26 January 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published for consultation two technical amendments to the standard on minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions (SFTs). Technical amendments are defined as changes in the Basel standards that are not substantial in nature but that cannot be unambiguously resolved based on the current text. … Continue Reading

Basel III monitoring results based on end-December 2019 data published by the Basel Committee

On 10 December 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued the results of its latest Basel III monitoring exercise, based on data as of 31 December 2019. The report sets out the impact of the Basel III framework that was agreed in 2010 as well as the effects of the Basel Committee’s finalisation of … Continue Reading

Capital treatment of securitisations of non-performing loans

On 26 November 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a technical amendment ‘Capital treatment of securitisations of non-performing loans’. The technical amendment closes a gap in the Basel framework by setting out prudent and risk sensitive capital requirements for non-performing loan securitisations. The Basel Committee has agreed to add the following elements to … Continue Reading

OSFI rules on Limited Recourse Capital Notes

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has recently issued a ruling regarding the regulatory treatment of Limited Recourse Capital Notes (LRCNs) which are currently being adopted as new financial instruments by Canadian banks.  An LRCN is a subordinated note issued by a federally regulated financial institution (FRFI) that is secured by preferred … Continue Reading

OSFI sets expectations on the use of Pillar II capital buffers for banks during the pandemic

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recently addressed a letter to deposit taking institutions (DTIs), including domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs) and small and medium-sized banks (SMSBs), regarding the use of Pillar II capital buffers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The key takeaways are below: Capital expectations framework for DTIs. The current DTIs … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes further measures to help resilience amid pandemic

In our earlier post, we discussed the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ (OSFI) newly proposed measures intended to support federally regulated financial institutions and improve the stability of the Canadian economy and financial system in the face of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. OSFI has recently published additional announcements for sector-specific measures … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes measures to support resilience amid pandemic

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has announced measures intended to support federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) and improve the stability of the Canadian economy and financial system in response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and current market conditions: Domestic Stability Buffer set to 1.00% of risk weighted assets. Originally, … Continue Reading

OSFI delays implementation of Basel III operational risk capital requirements

The Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) stated recently that it is in the process of revising its capital requirements for operational risk applicable to deposit-taking institutions (DTIs) to reflect the final Basel III revisions published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in December 2017. OSFI confirmed that the implementation of the revised … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes changes to the Liquidity Adequacy Requirements

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued proposed revisions (the Revisions) to certain chapters of the Liquidity Adequacy Requirements (LAR) guidelines. The LAR set out the framework that Canadian deposit-taking institutions (DTIs) must follow to mitigate the risk of a stressed environment leading to insufficient liquidity. The Revisions are a response … Continue Reading

OSFI issues final versions of the capital adequacy requirements and the leverage requirements guidelines

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued its final version of the Capital Adequacy Requirements (CAR) guideline and Leverage Requirements (LR) guideline. OSFI updates its CAR guideline periodically to ensure capital requirements reflect the underlying risks and developments in the financial industry. The LR guideline supplements this by setting out the … Continue Reading

OSFI issues final corporate governance guidelines

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued its final version of the Corporate Governance Guideline (CGG). The CGG sets out OSFI’s expectations for boards of directors of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The CGG applies to all FRFIs other than the Canadian branch operations of foreign banks and insurance companies. The … Continue Reading

CSA confirms position on bail-in implications

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released two notices on the implementation and regulation of the Canadian bail-in regime, namely: CSA Staff Notice 46-309, in connection with the regulation of Bail-in Debt (as defined below); and CSA Staff Notice 81-331, in connection with the implications of the bail-in regime on investment fund issuers, subject to … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes changes to the leverage requirements guideline

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released proposed revisions to the Leverage Requirements (LR) guideline in order to align with upcoming modifications to Chapter 4 (Settlement and Counterparty Risk) and Chapter 7 (Securitization) of the Capital Adequacy Requirements (CAR) guideline. The LR set out the framework for the leverage ratio, which … Continue Reading

Implementation of the final Basel III reforms in Canada – request for comments

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released a discussion paper on the proposed implementation of the final Basel III reforms in Canada. The reforms were published in December 2017 and, in summary, seek to: Enhance credibility in the calculation of risk-weighted assets. Improve the comparability and transparency of banks’ capital ratios. … Continue Reading

OSFI confirms higher capital for Domestic Systemically Important Banks

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has provided greater transparency to the market surrounding the Domestic Stability Buffer (the DSB) currently held by Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) in a bid to guard against Pillar 2 risks associated with systemic vulnerabilities.  OSFI revealed last week that D-SIBs must hold an extra cushion, … Continue Reading

TLAC – OSFI issues final disclosure guidelines

Last week, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued its final guideline on total loss absorbing capacity (TLAC) disclosure requirements for Canadian domestic systemically-important banks (D-SIBs). The new guideline sets out the format, timing and location of the TLAC disclosure requirements, among other things. The new guideline further requires that D-SIBs begin … Continue Reading

OSFI issues strong reminder on mortgage lending practices

The high-paced growth of residential home prices, particularly in the Vancouver and Toronto markets, is continuing to generate concern both from the Bank of Canada and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). In its semi-annual Financial System Review, released on June 6th, the Bank noted that the vulnerability of the financial sector … Continue Reading

New restrictions announced for residential mortgages

The Canadian government continues to be concerned with the escalation in house prices in Canada, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver.  While the government will not say that it considers these markets to be overvalued, clearly, there is concern that the extended period of low interest rates has caused homeowners to be overextended.  On December 11th, … Continue Reading
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