The Financial Stability Board (FSB) Plenary Meeting, organized by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation together with the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the Secretariat of the FSB was held on November 7-8, 2013 in the Bank of Russia in Moscow. At its meeting discussed vulnerabilities affecting the global financial system and reviewed work plans for completing core financial reforms.
Vulnerabilities in the financial system
Much progress has been made since the crisis in reforming and strengthening the resilience of the global financial system. As a result, the system coped with the heightened volatility in May and June without significant adverse impact on financial institutions or market functioning. Further bouts of volatility in asset prices and capital flows may occur, including as monetary policies are normalized. Comprehensive stress tests with severe but plausible scenarios are a vital tool for mitigating financial stability risks in the present environment. Authorities should assess and communicate the impact on financial institutions of scenarios that encompass both high asset price volatility and an overshooting of long-term interest rates relative to economic fundamentals. Authorities' as well as market participants' risk management practices should factor in potential amplifying factors, including the decline in secondary bond market liquidity. The FSB welcomed the forthcoming comprehensive assessment that will be conducted by the European Central Bank in 2014.
The FSB discussed work plans to complete core financial reforms in 2014.
Building resilient financial institutions. Members discussed the Basel Committee's for Banking Supervision (BCBS) schedule for completing the remaining pieces of policy work on Basel III, including the leverage ratio and the net stable funding ratio, as well as the Committee's work to address excessive variation in banks' risk weighting of assets.
Ending ‘too big to fail'. Members discussed the key near-term deliverables in the ongoing work to address systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), as set out in the FSB's Report on Progress and Next Steps Towards Ending ‘too big to fail' to the St.Petersburg G20 Summit.
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Shadow banking. The FSB reviewed and approved the 2013 Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report, which will be published on 14 November. The report presents the results of the third annual monitoring exercise, based on end-2012 data on the non-bank financial sectors in 25 jurisdictions and the euro area as a whole. This brings the coverage of the monitoring exercise to jurisdictions representing about 80% of global GDP and 90% of global financial system assets.
In August the FSB published a set of policy recommendations to strengthen oversight and regulation of shadow banking. Members discussed the work plan for 2014-15 for implementing those policies, consistent with the roadmap attached to the St.Petersburg G20 Leaders' Declaration, and a review of possible impediments to resumption of sound securitization markets. Earlier this month, the FSB began a quantitative impact study to assist in finalizing the proposed regulatory framework for haircuts on securities financing transactions.
Making derivatives markets safer. Members received an update on the remaining areas where international policies are still being developed. These include the finalization of standards for capitalization of bank exposures to central counterparties (CCPs) by early 2014, and of international guidance on the recovery and resolution of financial market infrastructures, including CCPs, by end-2013. The FSB stressed the need for progress in the implementation of reforms and by regulators in resolving remaining cross-border regulatory issues.
Accounting and auditing
The FSB heard updates from the Chairs of the International Accounting Standards Board and the US Financial Accounting Standards Board on their continuing work to improve and converge accounting standards, including two key areas for financial stability: loan loss provisioning and insurance contracts. Members are looking forward to the finalization of improved standards for loan loss provisioning and urged the standard setters to make further efforts to coordinate in that regard in the interest of convergence.
The FSB discussed work underway in the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) to significantly improve the quality of audits of global SIFIs, including plans for a survey of 2012 audits of such firms. The FSB invited IFIAR to report back on progress in late 2014.
The FSB also discussed the International Valuation Standards Council's proposals to develop valuation standards for financial instruments that could help to augment the valuation rules within accounting standards.
Regional consultative groups
Members heard reports from the Co-Chairs of the FSB's six regional consultative groups, which cover the Americas, Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Members discussed a work plan for the FSB's review of the structure of its representation, to be completed by the Brisbane G20 Leaders' Summit.
The FSB has been established to coordinate at the international level the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies and to develop and promote the implementation of effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies in the interest of financial stability. It brings together national authorities responsible for financial stability in 24 countries and jurisdictions, international financial institutions, sector-specific international groupings of regulators and supervisors, and committees of central bank experts. The FSB also conducts outreach with 65 other jurisdictions through its six regional consultative groups.
The FSB is chaired by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England. Its Secretariat is located in Basel, Switzerland, and hosted by the Bank for International Settlements.
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