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
March 14, 2019

While speaking at the 20th anniversary conference of the Financial Stability Institute (FSI), Agustín Carstens, the General Manager of BIS, highlighted the need for regulatory actions in light of the continued evolution of financial technology. He began by discussing the challenges arising from the assumption of financial stability responsibilities by central banks and then examined the impact of recent technological developments on the relevant policy framework and the role of financial-sector authorities. Finally, he also discussed the planned role of FSI in addressing the challenges at hand.

He highlighted that the recent technological developments further complicate the framework in which central banks and supervisory authorities should perform their responsibilities. The challenge for policymakers is, naturally, to maximize the benefits of fintech while minimizing risks to the financial system. He emphasized that, to move forward, authorities need to:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the fintech businesses in their jurisdiction
  • Carefully consider the need to adjust the regulatory perimeter to accommodate new entities or activities to ensure adequate control of risks and a level playing field
  • Coordinate regulatory actions at the global level to the extent possible
  • Embrace technology, keeping in mind that the recent advances in artificial intelligence and its practical application in machine learning, natural language processing, and other advanced analytic capabilities have provided opportunities for developing tools to enhance supervisory capacity

Mr. Carstens noted that recent developments point to an emerging need for regulatory actions. The actions should be proportionate, holistic and, ideally, internationally coordinated. The central banks and supervisory authorities should continue to focus on their core functions related to financial stability and adequate market functioning. He also added that technological developments have strengthened the case for the independence of central banks and supervisory authorities. Independent regulators could be in a better position to take time-consistent actions and pay due attention to different scenarios to ensure that new technologies develop in an orderly way without undermining financial stability. He further discussed that BIS is determined to contribute substantially to the objectives: to develop a comprehensive and integrated analysis of economic and financial stability and to incorporate, in the policy analysis and decision-making processes, all relevant implications of technological innovation for the financial system. He then described several elements of "Innovation BIS 2025," which is the new medium-term strategy of BIS:

  • To continue the efforts to develop a conceptually integrated framework for financial stability policies
  • To take several initiatives to better understand the implications of technological developments for the financial system and help stakeholders to make effective use of them in their own policy formation 
  • To strengthen the efforts to contribute to the dissemination of good policy practices, to support capacity-building, and to facilitate interaction among regulators

Mr. Carstens mentioned that FSI will play a key role in several of these initiatives. FSI can contribute to the efforts of financial-sector authorities to address the new challenges by facilitating the dissemination of information and analysis on relevant topics and by fostering the exchange of practices and experiences among supervisors. Mr. Carstens further stated that FSI will create a repository of technology-related regulatory developments. In addition, it will continue developing comparative studies on distinct regulatory and supervisory approaches followed in different jurisdictions. Finally, FSI will further develop a recently created informal network of technology specialists in supervisory organizations to exchange practices and experiences on technological developments. 

 

Related Link: Speech

 

Keywords: International, Banking, Financial Stability, Proportionality, Fintech, Regtech, Suptech, FSI, BIS

Related Articles
News

HKMA Decides to Maintain Countercyclical Capital Buffer at 2.5%

HKMA announced that, in accordance with the Banking (Capital) Rules, the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) ratio for Hong Kong remains at 2.5%.

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

EP Approves Agreement on Package of CRD 5, CRR 2, BRRD 2, and SRMR 2

The European Parliament (EP) approved the final agreement on a package of reforms proposed by EC to strengthen the resilience and resolvability of European banks.

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

FDIC Consults on Approach to Resolution Planning for IDIs

FDIC approved an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) and is seeking comment on ways to tailor and improve its rule requiring certain insured depository institutions (IDIs) to submit resolution plans.

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

EP Resolution on Proposal for Sovereign Bond Backed Securities

The European Parliament (EP) published adopted text on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBS).

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

PRA Seeks Input and Issues Specifications for Insurance Stress Tests

PRA announced that it will conduct an insurance stress test for the largest regulated life and general insurers from July to September 2019.

April 15, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

PRA Finalizes Policy on Approach to Managing Climate Change Risks

PRA published the policy statement PS11/19, which contains final supervisory statement (SS3/19) on enhancing banks’ and insurers’ approaches to managing the financial risks from climate change (Appendix).

April 15, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

EBA Single Rulebook Q&A: First Update for April 2019

EBA published answers to nine questions under the Single Rulebook question and answer (Q&A) updates for this week.

April 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

EIOPA Statement on Application of Proportionality in SCR Supervision

EIOPA published a supervisory statement on the application of proportionality principle in the supervision of the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) calculated in accordance with the standard formula.

April 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

FED Updates Form and Supplemental Instructions for FR Y-9C Reporting

FED updated the form and supplemental instructions for FR Y-9C reporting. FR Y-9C is used to collect data from domestic bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies, U.S intermediate holding companies, and securities holding companies with total consolidated assets of USD 3 billion or more.

April 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

OSFI Finalizes Guidelines on Liquidity Adequacy and NSFR Disclosures

OSFI published the final Liquidity Adequacy Requirements (LAR) guideline and the net stable funding ratio (NSFR) disclosure requirements guideline.

April 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 2920