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The European Commission’s FinTech Action Plan, published today, represents a significant milestone in the development of EU financial services (FS) policy. It gives the strongest indication yet that technological innovation and disruption will be among the main drivers of the EU’s future FS policy agenda, particularly after the next Commission takes office in 2019.
The IFRS 9 standard requires firms to quantify expectations of lifetime default risk and Expected Credit Losses (ECL) for certain financial instruments. The standard recognises that future losses are uncertain and asks firms to evaluate a range of possible outcomes to arrive at an estimate of expected loss that is “unbiased and probability-weighted” (paragraph 5.5.17).
On 1 January this year, IFRS 9 became effective for banks and building societies. The capital impact of the changes introduced by IFRS 9 may be significant both on the IFRS 9 application date and on an ongoing basis. As a result, a five year transitional arrangement has been agreed and fast tracked into European law, allowing firms to “phase in” the Day 1 capital impact.
In July 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reported that the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), will be phased out as the interest rate index used in calculating floating or adjustable rates for loans, bonds, derivatives and other financial contracts by the end of 2021. LIBOR underpins approximately $300 trillion in financial products and is one of the most significant reference rates used by financial market participants.
After more than a year of stalled negotiations, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) announced an agreement on the remaining elements of the Basel III post-crisis bank capital framework. Striking a deal on this package of reforms (often called ‘Basel IV’) is a significant milestone in the post-crisis regulatory journey and a huge achievement for the BCBS.
The announced framework bridges a gap – particularly between American and European regulators – on the extent to which banks can use internal models to determine their capital requirements.
This blog is part of a series of insights on Building Society risk management.
A key ongoing consideration for the Senior Management of Building Societies is risk appetite and tolerance, and the Society's adherence to it. The question of risk appetite and tolerance has been on the agenda of Board's and regulators for some time now; however, the level of focus given to this in recent years has now increased to the point where no Board or Board sub-committee meeting fails to touch on this in some way.
The importance the FCA places on protecting vulnerable consumers has become increasingly clear with the recent publication of its Financial Lives and draft FCA Mission: Our Future Approach to Consumers documents. Throughout these documents, as well as in its Business Plan and Mission Statement (both published in April) the FCA emphasises its clear operational commitment to prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable and least resilient consumers.
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The European Commission’s Regulation on indices used as financial benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts (the Regulation) goes live on 1 January 2018. It forms part of the EU’s response to a series of high profile investigations in recent years into the alleged manipulation of key financial benchmarks, including LIBOR. These investigations raised concerns over the reliability and integrity of financial benchmarks, which underpin transactions worth trillions of dollars. The Regulation aims to reduce the risk of manipulation, bolster the reliability of benchmarks administered and ultimately provide a safer environment for the use of benchmarks in the EU.
As the countdown to the Regulation begins, we examine some key considerations for firms in the upcoming weeks and months.
Two months from today, on 13 January, the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2)1 will come into effect across the European Union (EU). To understand how prepared the industry is for this deadline Deloitte surveyed over 70 firms across 18 European countries, between August and September, to gather their views.
In our recent report, “The next frontier”, we detailed our views on where automated financial advice - more commonly known as ‘robo advice’ - could spread beyond investments. In this article we take a closer look at simple financial planning – i.e. financial decisions that can be made based on short advice processes, such as choosing between investing in an ISA and paying down debt. To form our views we undertook interviews with experts, key players and start-ups, as well as a survey of over 2,000 consumers.