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On Sunday the much-anticipated announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB) on the result of its Comprehensive Assessment was released. The exercise, which was an in depth review of the quality of the largest European banks' assets that included a review of asset quality and a stress test, has occupied the attention of banks over the past several months. Its completion is a significant milestone and a watershed moment for the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), which formally opens for business on 4 November.
The Prudential Regulation Authority's (PRA’s) first consultation paper on UK bank ring-fencing puts the ball back in industry’s court, holding back from extensive prescription in favour of an approach which gives banks some leeway to tailor solutions to their business models. In most areas there will not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and the onus will be on individual banks to demonstrate how their plans comply with legislation and the PRA’s objectives.
The EU’s bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) gives EU resolution authorities wide-ranging and potentially very invasive powers to mandate changes to banks’ legal, operational and financial structures in order to improve resolvability, powers which allow resolution authorities a significant amount of discretion. In the wake of the recent announcements from the US FDIC and Federal Reserve, in which they expressed their dissatisfaction with the current state of large banks’ resolution planning in the US, it would also appear that the resolvability hurdle may be higher than previously anticipated. Ensuring that banks are resolvable has been high on the policy agenda for several years, but the practical work needed to achieve this looks set to move forward in earnest over the next year.
Individual Accountability in UK Banking | Details of Senior Management and Certification Regimes Emerge
The PRA and FCA have published a major consultation paper on the overhaul of the Approved Persons Regime (APR) for banks, building societies, credit unions, and PRA-designated investment firms in the UK. The new framework will make senior individuals more explicitly accountable for specific issues through ‘statements of responsibility’, and a wider range of staff will be subject to a regime of certification and codes of conduct.
On 7 July, the European Banking Authority (EBA) began a consultation on guidelines for common procedures and methodologies for the supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP) as provided for in the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV).
This is the most comprehensive document on how EU banking supervisors should assess risk issued to date - it extends the focus of the SREP from capital risk and adequacy to a much more comprehensive assessment of a bank’s business and risk profile. To put this in context the Guidelines are almost 5 times longer than those previously issued at an EU level. By providing a risk-by-risk approach, the Guidelines are intended to drive significant convergence in micro-prudential supervision across the EU. They should form the basis for SREP under the Eurozone’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), thus providing one of the first tangible insights into the practical application of supervision under the SSM.
The next few months will barely feel like a summer holiday for Eurozone banks. As banks in the single currency area prepare for the European Central Bank (ECB) to take over banking supervision under the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), the balance sheets of the largest banks are being reviewed and stressed as part of the ECB’s comprehensive assessment. In October, the results – based on an asset quality review (AQR) and EU-wide stress test - will be revealed.
Through a series of announcements this week, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) reiterated the need for insurers to plan for failure.
This message is certainly not new. Nor do the announcements – an updated PRA approach to insurance supervision and finalised set of Fundamental Rules – constitute a change in supervisory approach or policy. However, they confirm that the resolvability expectations communicated by the PRA in the past are being taken forward. An associated change to the PRA’s Fundamental Rules entered into force yesterday. Boards and senior management should be prepared to understand, and mitigate, the potential impact that failure will have on their firm and its policyholders.
The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) met this Tuesday, 17 June. We will have to wait until 26 June when its latest Financial Stability Report is published before we know what conclusions it reached, but at least one of the topics on its agenda is clear – the housing market. The question being asked is what, if any, action the FPC will take to check what to many appears as the emergence of an asset price bubble in the UK’s residential property market, or at least that part of it centred around London and the south east of England. That the issue has risen to the top of the FPC’s agenda has been well signalled over the past several months. How though might it respond; what factors will it consider; and what are the potential implications for mortgage lenders?
The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and new Regulation (MiFIR) were published yesterday in the Official Journal and will enter into force on 2 July. This is an important milestone as it officially starts the countdown to the 2017 go-live date, establishing the various deadlines that firms, member states, national competent authorities (NCAs) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will need to meet.
In six months’ time, the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) will take effect, with the European Central Bank (ECB) taking charge of prudential supervision in the Eurozone. The project to establish the SSM has been ambitious, especially against a tight time schedule, but the ECB confirmed in its latest SSM Quarterly Report on the operational implementation of the SSM that progress was on track and the SSM would start on schedule, on 4 November. Banks now need to turn in earnest to preparing for the new supervisory regime, under which they will no longer be able to deal only with a local supervisor.