FCA published its Business Plan, which sets out the main areas of focus and priorities for 2019/20. The key priorities and planned activities for the year are set out under the eight priorities that cut across different financial sectors as well as the priorities for the seven sectors PRA regulates. The key cross-sector priority areas are Brexit-related issues, culture and governance, operational resilience, innovation and data ethics, and the future of regulation.
The plan will enable the industry and consumers to understand the entirety of the FCA work in a particular sector and what can be expected from FCA in the coming year. The plan also reflects the variety of changes affecting both financial services and the wider society and shows how FCA will use its resources to tackle these challenges. FCA states that much of what it does and the issues it addresses are complex and will continue to be priorities for future Business Plans. FCA will continue adapt its approach to the ever-changing landscape. The cross-sector priorities include the following:
- Supporting a smooth transition post-Brexit, strengthening international engagement with fellow regulatory bodies, and assessing the impact of EU Withdrawal on the industry and consumers
- Supporting culture transformation in financial services, performing appraisal of remuneration practices, and extending the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all firms
- Focusing on operational resilience, with key priorities including policy proposals on operational resilience, setting clear expectations on outsourcing to third-party service providers, continued use of ethical hacking to test firms, supervisory multi-firm work on cyber-attacks, and communications with smaller firms to increase awareness of cyber-attacks
- Assessing Open Finance, building understanding of data ethics in financial services, publishing proposals on regulation of crypto-assets, encouraging innovation in global financial markets, and encouraging the development of regtech in data exchange
- Engaging with stakeholders that are considered the future of regulation, updating the rulebook in light of onshored requirements, reviewing costs and benefits of regulation for small firms, and publishing the first annual statement on perimeter issues
Along with the supervision assessment program, FCA will continue to use regulatory tools to test the cyber capabilities of the high-impact firms. CBEST (ethical hacking) gives insight into core areas of firms’ cyber resilience. While FCA has, so far, used CBEST in partnership with BoE on only a small number of firms, it plans to use regular CBEST testing for a larger number of priority firms beginning in 2019/20. The regtech activities in the year ahead will be focused on continuing the exploration and experimentation with industry on how to improve the method of data exchange between industry and regulators and specifically the opportunities for expressing requirements in a machine-readable and executable form. FCA has met with a number of start-ups, incumbent institutions, technology providers, and academics to see the impact regtech could have. This has helped in understanding where efforts should be focused. FCA has also begun to develop and test a number of activities and ideas based on its learnings. It will complete a cost-benefit analysis to better understand the business case for delivering Digital Regulatory Reporting in conjunction with industry participants and BoE.
Keywords: International, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Operational Risk, Regtech, Brexit, SM&CR, Cyber Risk, Digital Regulatory Reporting, FCA
Previous ArticleSEC Requests Extension of Collection on BCS Rules for SBS Entities
Next ArticleMAS to Accept Applications for Digital Bank Licenses
The Bank of England (BoE) published a consultation paper on approach to setting minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL), an operational guide on executing bail-in, and a statement from the Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) is seeking preliminary input on standardization of the proportionality assessment methodology for credit institutions and investment firms.
Certain regulatory authorities in the US are extending period for completion of the review of certain residential mortgage provisions and for publication of notice disclosing the determination of this review until December 20, 2021.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the policy statement PS18/21, which introduces an amendment in the definition of "higher paid material risk taker" in the Remuneration Part of the PRA Rulebook.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its annual report on asset encumbrance in banking sector.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a methodological guide to mystery shopping.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released a letter to authorized deposit-taking institutions to provide an update on key policy settings for the capital framework reforms, which will come into effect from January 01, 2023.
The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report that assesses the business continuity planning activities of financial market infrastructures or FMIs.
The Bank of England (BoE) published questions and answers (Q&A) on OSCA to BEEDS migration for statistical reporting as well a presentation from the project overview session held with statistical reporters.
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is consulting on a technical amendment to the Basel Framework to reflect a new process reviewing the global systemically important bank (G-SIB) assessment methodology.