Tag: mortgages

FPC confirms withdrawal of mortgage market affordability test

On 20 June 2022, the Bank of England confirmed that it will be withdrawing its mortgage affordability test recommendation. The withdrawal will come into effect from 1 August 2022. The mortgage affordability test was introduced in 2014 to guard against a loosening in mortgage underwriting standards and a material increase in household indebtedness. The test … Continue Reading

FCA portfolio letters – retail mortgage lenders and non-bank (mortgage lenders)

On 11 March 2022, the FCA published a letter (dated 15 February 2022) which it sent to firms in its retail mortgage lenders (RMLs) portfolio. The letter sets out: The FCA’s views on the key risks of harm for RMLs’ mortgage customers over the next 2 years. The key risks of harm are supporting mortgage … Continue Reading

Consultation on proposal to withdraw FPC’s mortgage affordability test

On 28 February 2022, the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) issued a consultation seeking views on the withdrawal of the mortgage affordability test. In 2014 the FPC issued two recommendations that sought to prevent a loosening in mortgage underwriting standards and a material increase in household indebtedness that could amplify an economic downturn. The recommendations introduced … Continue Reading

Covered bonds in Canada – an increased regulatory stance

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the federal financial institutions prudential regulator, recently addressed the issue of a cap on issuance of covered bonds which presently stands at 4% of a bank’s total assets. OSFI is now taking a hard look at this limit and is doing so in the context of … Continue Reading
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