General Information & Client Service
  • Americas: +1.212.553.1653
  • Asia: +852.3551.3077
  • China: +86.10.6319.6580
  • EMEA: +44.20.7772.5454
  • Japan: +81.3.5408.4100
Media Relations
  • New York: +1.212.553.0376
  • London: +44.20.7772.5456
  • Hong Kong: +852.3758.1350
  • Tokyo: +813.5408.4110
  • Sydney: +61.2.9270.8141
  • Mexico City: +001.888.779.5833
  • Buenos Aires: +0800.666.3506
  • São Paulo: +0800.891.2518
June 07, 2018

IMF published its staff report and selected issues report in the context of the Article IV consultation with El Salvador. Directors noted that El Salvador’s banking system is well capitalized and very liquid. Recent credit growth to the productive sectors has been encouraging, but further room for healthy credit expansion remains. Directors acknowledged the recent progress made in risk-based and cross-border supervision. To further improve the resilience of the banking sector, they encouraged the authorities to accelerate the adoption of the crisis management and bank resolution draft law, to strengthen the financing of the lender of last resort facilities, and to create a bank liquidity fund. Directors encouraged continued efforts to strengthen the AML/CFT framework.

The staff report highlights that the banking sector appears solid and credit growth is moderate, but sovereign risk concerns and declining margins are affecting the (mostly foreign-owned) banks. The banking system’s capital adequacy ratio (16.6%) remains well above the required minimum of 12%. The nonperforming loan ratio is 2% and problem loans are amply provisioned. However, abundant liquidity, including due to the lack of viable investment projects, and a declining net interest spread continue to dent bank profitability. Credit growth is moderate at 6% in real terms. The authorities are implementing AML/CFT measures and maintain international cooperation with the U.S. Department of Treasury.

The report also reveals that progress has been made in risk-based supervision and financial inclusion by approving a new law in January 2017. The authorities should continue to strengthen the AML/CFT framework in preparation for the next round of assessment under the CFATF, in 2022. Efforts could be intensified in the areas of systemic liquidity (adequate funding of lender of last resort), banking resolution and crisis management procedures, cross-border supervision, and data availability. These steps would help promote a sound banking system and expansion of credit to productive sectors, including by limiting excessive liquidity holdings.

The selected issues report contains a feature estimating the credit gap, defined as the difference between the credit-to-GDP ratio and its long-term trend. In the case of El Salvador, the estimated threshold is equal to 1.43%, lower than the 2% Basel III micro-prudential rule, which triggers counter-cyclical capital buffers. This is currently positive, but declining and below the critical 2% threshold recommended by Basel III micro-prudential guidelines. The assessment concludes that there is still scope for financial deepening without excessive risks for financial stability. Furthermore, an econometric assessment shows that the recent credit growth is not excessive and is aligned to fundamentals.


Related Links

Keywords: Americas, El Salvador, Banking, Article IV, Capital Adequacy, Resolution Regime, IMF

Related Insights

FSB Report Examines Financial Stability Implications of Fintech

FSB published a report that assesses fintech-related market developments and their potential implications for financial stability.

February 14, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

US Agencies Amend Regulatory Capital Rule to Allow Phase-In for CECL

US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) adopted the final rule to address changes to credit loss accounting under the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; this includes banking organizations’ implementation of the current expected credit losses (CECL) methodology.

February 14, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

OCC Consults on Company-Run Stress Test Requirements for Banks

OCC proposed amendments to its company-run stress testing requirements for national banks and Federal savings associations, consistent with section 401 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection (EGRRCP) Act.

February 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

CFTC Extends Comment Periods for Trade Execution Requirement Proposals

CFTC announced that it is extending comment period for the proposed amendments related to the regulations on swap execution facilities (SEF) and trade execution requirement.

February 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

OCC Proposes to Renew Information Collection Under Stress Test Rule

OCC is proposing to renew its information collection titled “Annual Stress Test Rule” (OMB Control No: 1557-0311). Comments must be received on or before March 13, 2019.

February 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

OSFI Consults on NSFR Disclosure Requirements for D-SIBs

OSFI proposed the draft guideline on the net stable funding ratio (NSFR) disclosure requirements for domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs).

February 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

EC Amends Its Regulation to Clarify Impairment Requirements for IFRS 9

EC published the EU Regulation 2019/237 that amends Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 regarding International Accounting Standard (IAS) 28 on Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures.

February 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FSB Chair Randal Quarles Speaks About the Upcoming Work of FSB

While speaking at the BIS Special Governors Meeting in Hong Kong, Randal K. Quarles, the Chair of FSB and Vice Chair of FED, discussed his views on how the work of FSB must evolve and the key principles that, he believes, should inform that work.

February 10, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

OSFI Proposes to Amend the Liquidity Adequacy Requirements for Banks

OSFI proposed revisions to the Liquidity Adequacy Requirements (LAR) Guideline for banks. OSFI published the proposed drafts (with proposed changes highlighted in yellow) of Chapters 1,2, 4, and 5 of the LAR guideline.

February 08, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

HKMA Publishes FAQs on Local Implementation of IRRBB Framework

HKMA published the frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the local implementation of the interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB).

February 08, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 2593