IFRS 17 implementation – what are insurers doing to prepare?


In mid-November, the IASB confirmed its intention to propose a 12-month deferral of IFRS 17 along with a parallel shift of the deferral of IFRS 9 for insurers if those insurers use the option to defer IFRS 9. They recently discussed potential amendments to IFRS 17 ‘Insurance Contracts’ across thirteen topics at their London meeting on 11-13 December 2018. Of these, the Board decided to amend for one topic (balance sheet presentation), deferred one topic (on transition) but agreed not to amend the remaining eleven. A further twelve topics are expected to be discussed in early 2019.

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Posted on 04/02/2019 | 0 Comments

The FCA’s changes to overdrafts and high cost credit


The FCA recently published two Consultation Papers (CPs); CP18/42 which proposes changes to overdraft regulation; and CP18/43 which proposes changes to the regulation of various high cost credit products.

Attention has focussed, in particular, on the proposed changes to overdrafts, which would:

  • end the distinction between arranged and unarranged overdrafts;
  • stop firms charging fixed fees for overdrafts; and
  • require firms to apply APR pricing to their overdrafts.

This blog summarises the package of changes proposed in the two CPs and explores their potential implications for firms.

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Posted on 24/01/2019 | 0 Comments

The Bank of England and PRA’s Resolvability Assessment Framework: end-state resolvability in firms’ hands

Banner_ImageIn December, the Bank of England (the Bank) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) consulted on the Resolvability Assessment Framework (RAF) for firms[1] in the UK.

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Posted on 23/01/2019 | 0 Comments

The 6th Anti-Money Laundering Directive - the battle continues…


On 12 November 2018, approximately 6 months after the adoption of the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), the European Parliament published further rules to strengthen the fight against money laundering through the 6th EU Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD).


Member States are required to transpose the 6AMLD into national law by 3 December 2020.  After which, relevant regulations must be implemented by firms within Member States by 3 June 2021.


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Posted on 16/01/2019 | 0 Comments

The new age of Basel Pillar 2 Economic Capital modelling – Article 1: Introduction


This article represents the first in a Deloitte UK Risk Advisory series on the new age of Basel Pillar 2 Economic Capital (‘EC’) modelling in banking with a particular focus on Credit Risk models. In article 1 we look at the changing use of this well-seasoned model type, starting with an overview of the resurgence of EC, challenges for both retail and corporate parameterisation, and the Concentration Risk question. We finish by considering the best way to prioritise development effort between model design & parameterisation, how EC can be used and some of our EC expert’s considerations for enhancing an EC framework. 

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Posted on 09/01/2019 | 0 Comments

The regulatory outlook for 2019

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As we enter 2019, firms will naturally ask themselves what they should be doing to prepare for the year ahead. When it comes to the all-important subject of regulation, firms will want to know what issues and concerns are at the top of the regulatory agenda and how they can best respond. To help firms with these vital questions, Deloitte publishes its annual Financial Markets Regulatory Outlook. The Outlook’s perspective is deliberately strategic, both in analysing regulatory strategies and priorities and in considering the implications for firms’ strategies and business models.

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Posted on 07/01/2019 | 0 Comments

Developing a persuasive Regulatory Business Plan (RBP)

Regulatory Business Plan

Banks have the same challenge as any new business: how to convince investors and lenders that your business has a viable model, can generate sufficient returns and can repay its liabilities. Candidate banks face this challenge and one more – they must convince the regulators of the viability and sustainability of their business plan.

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Posted on 04/01/2019 | 0 Comments

Equity release mortgages – the PRA softens the transition but not the end-point regime

Equity release mortgages

In our July blog on equity release mortgages we explored the PRA’s proposals in its Consultation Paper CP13/18 to tighten significantly its approach on equity release mortgages (ERMs). Specifically, the PRA proposed, unusually, to specify particular assumptions that it expects to underlie the calculation of the “effective value” used to assess whether firms are claiming undue Matching Adjustment (MA) benefit for ERMs backing annuities.

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Posted on 20/12/2018 | 0 Comments

Implementing the FRTB in the European Union


Data from the European Banking Authority (EBA) published this Autumn, assessing the potential impact of Basel III reforms on EU banks, underlined the importance of the EU’s forthcoming implementation of global regulatory standards on the capital banks must hold for certain activities. One of the most immediate issues, from the EU’s perspective, is addressing capital requirements for market risk through the implementation of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB). The impact of the FRTB is widely expected to be substantial, with the EBA’s assessment finding that it would require a 52% increase in Tier 1 capital held against market risks for the group of 38 large EU banks that were assessed.

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Posted on 06/12/2018 | 0 Comments

How to avoid the common pitfalls on MiFID II transaction reporting


Transaction reporting was a key focus in MiFID I. Twelve firms were fined a total of £33m by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and further fines were levied across the EU.1 With the greatly expanded rules under MiFID II, there are even more pitfalls. Our survey of ten EU regulators revealed that six of these are currently undertaking or planning supervisory activities on MiFID II transaction reporting, the FCA among them.2

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Posted on 05/12/2018 | 0 Comments