October 17, 2017

The Central Bank of Brazil released the Financial Stability Report for the first half of 2017. The report is a semi-annual publication designed to present the recent developments and the outlook for financial stability in Brazil. The report focuses on the key risks, describes the measures being taken to mitigate them, and evaluates the resilience of the Brazilian financial system.

The report highlights that the banking system is robust in terms of capitalization and leverage, which favors a balanced transition to Basel III prudential rules. Liquidity remains high, both in analyses supported by internal indicators and by international recommendations. Stress tests show that, in relation to the last two semesters, there was an increase in resilience to absorb shocks, with a reduction in the need for capital in the simulation of unfavorable macroeconomic conditions. Certain global risks that could affect the country’s financial stability—for example, FED’s expected interest rate hike—did not occur.

 

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Keywords: Americas, Brazil, Banking, Financial Stability, Basel III, Stress Testing, Central Bank of Brazil

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