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 the swift, determined and bold international policy response.
  • The COVID-19 experience reinforces the importance of completing remaining elements of the G20 reform agenda. Those parts of the global financial system where implementation of the reforms is most advanced displayed resilience.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted differences in resilience within and across financial sectors. The March 2020 market turmoil has underscored the need to strengthen resilience in non-bank financial intermediation.
  • COVID-19 may yet test the resilience of the global financial system. Banks and non-bank lenders could face additional losses as support measures are unwound.
  • One of the legacies of the pandemic may be a build-up of leverage and debt overhang in the non-financial sector. Addressing debt overhang, including by facilitating the market exit of unviable companies and by promoting the efficient reallocation of resources to viable firms, may be a key task for policymakers going forward.