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05/05/2015 JC/2015/02 ESAs- main risks to EU financial market stability have intensified , , Press Release PDF
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The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published its fifth Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System. Overall, the report found that in the past six months, risks affecting the EU financial system have not changed in substance, but have further intensified. The EU’s economic performance improved slightly in early 2015, however the financial sector in general continues to be affected by a combination of factors such as low investment demand, economic uncertainty in the Eurozone and its neighbouring countries, a global economic slow-down and a low-interest rate environment. The main risks affecting the financial system remain broadly unchanged from those identified in the report’s previous edition, but have become more entrenched. The major risks include: • Low growth, low inflation, volatile asset prices and their consequences for financial entities; • Search for yield behaviour exacerbated by potential rebounds; • Deterioration in the conduct of business; and • Increased concern about IT risks and cyber-attacks. Despite these risks, a number of ongoing policy and regulatory initiatives are contributing to improving the stability and confidence in the financial system as well as facilitating additional funding channels to the real economy. These include ongoing regulatory reforms in the securities, banking and insurance sectors such as the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR), the work on the implementation of the Capital Requirements Directive and Regulation (CRDIV/CRR), the work on the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD), the Deposit-Guarantee Schemes Directive (DGS) and the Solvency II Directive, as well as the European Commission’s plan for a Capital Markets Union (CMU). Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the current Chairman of the Joint Committee, said: “The Joint Committee has noted some improvement in overall market conditions; however, the recovery is not yet sustained and is exposed to risks related to broad macroeconomic conditions, in particular the low interest environment and resulting search-for-yield behaviour. Additionally regulators continue to have concerns about the operational risks generated by some financial institutions’ inappropriate business conduct, as well as those risks posed by inadequate management of IT risks. “However, recent regulatory initiatives across the banking, insurance and securities sectors, such as the Comprehensive Assessment, the insurance sector stress test and Solvency II along with, the ongoing MiFID, EMIR and PRIPS reforms are contributing to improving the stability and confidence in the EU financial system." Key Risks Identified The identified risks in the Report can be divided into macro risks to the EU financial system and economy and operational risks. Macro Risks The key macro risks identified relate to: 1. Risks from weak economic growth and low inflation environment, which include: • Adverse effect that low interest rates and uncertainties about the economic recovery have had on the outlook for the financial industry; • Higher valuation and market liquidity risk has raised concerns about the outlook for financial entities’ stability in the event of reversals in interest rates and asset prices; 2. Low profitability is motivating financial institutions and other investors to search for yield, which requires increased supervisory attention to the viability of business models, related restructuring activity and adequate management of risks. However, the promotion of sound and innovative business models for market-based funding structures could help to deliver additional stimulus; and 3. Some continued doubts on the comparability and consistency of banks’ calculations of risk weighted assets. Operational Risks The key operational risks relate to: 4. Business conduct risk remains a key concern with the Report recommending that supervisors should include misconduct costs in future stress tests where appropriate, while financial institutions should strengthening product oversight and governance frameworks. Further improvements in the regulatory framework and supervisory practices to address conduct risks are also warranted. In addition, further progress needs to be made on benchmark reforms where continuity and integrity remain a source of concern even if key panels remained stable; and 5. IT operational risk and cyber risk remain of great concern and pose challenges to the the safety and integrity of financial institutions. IT risk increased due to costs pressures, outsourcing, the need for additional capacities and a mounting number of cyber-attacks. The adequate integration of IT risk into overall risk management is a key policy for mitigation.
17/05/2021 JC 2021 31 PR Press Release_ESAs’ report on the implementation and functioning of the securitisation regulation , Press Release PDF
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03/11/2011 JC 2011/094 Press release- ESMA, EBA and EIOPA appoint members of Joint Board of Appeal , , Press Release PDF
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20/04/2022 ESMA80-187-945 Verena Ross' speech at ECMI/CEPS Webinar, 20 April 2022 , , Speech PDF
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Verena Ross' speech at ECMI/CEPS Webinar, 20 April 2022: "ESMA – driving forward high-quality supervision and transparency in a single EU capital market"

19/06/2019 ESMA74-362-39 Keynote by ESMA Chair at ISLA Annual Securities Finances and Collateral Management Conference Speech PDF
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08/10/2021 ESMA74-362-2159 ESMA as a data driven regulator and supervisor- AFME 5th Annual European Compliance and Legal Virtual Conference , , , , , , , , , Speech PDF
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30/05/2018 ESMA71-99-987 PR on EBA-ESMA statement on retail holders of bail-inable instruments , , Press Release PDF
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01/06/2018 ESMA71-99-973 ESMA71-99-973 Press Release Product Intervention EUOJ publication , , Press Release PDF
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18/04/2018 ESMA71-99-969 Board of Appeal Appointments 2018 Press Release PDF
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21/03/2018 ESMA71-99-964 CMU, Brexit and ESA review – What’s next? Steven Maijoor BVI Keynote , , Speech PDF
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12/02/2018 ESMA71-99-946 Press release- ESAs warn consumers of risks in buying virtual currencies Press Release PDF
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18/01/2018 ESMA71-99-930 Product Intervention Call for Evidence PR , Press Release PDF
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11/01/2018 ESMA71-99-919 PR on CRA/TR Fees Thematic Report Press Release PDF
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19/12/2017 ESMA71-99-916 ESMA consults on securitisation requirements , Press Release PDF
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29/11/2017 ESMA71-99-661 Peer Review on MiFID Compliance Function Press Release , , Press Release PDF
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26/09/2017 ESMA71-99-599 EBA and ESMA provide guidance to assess the suitability of management body members and key function holders , , , Press Release PDF
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The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have published their joint Guidelines to assess the suitability of members of management bodies and key function holders.

12/09/2017 ESMA71-99-577 ESMA sees valuation risk at highest levels due to financial weakness and geopolitical uncertainty , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)’s latest report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No. 2, 2017 (TRV) identifies high asset price valuations as the major risk for European financial markets in the second half of 2017. The main risk drivers are uncertainties around geo-political developments, the resilience of economic growth as well as debt sustainability. Market and credit risks, as a result of geopolitical, growth and debt concerns, continued to be very high, while liquidity and contagion risks remained stable but high. Operational risk remains elevated but the outlook is now negative due to heightened concerns around cyber security. Overall, ESMA’s risk assessment for the second half of 2017 remains unchanged from 1H17.

20/03/2017 ESMA71-99-371 Press release TRV No. 1, 2017 , Press Release PDF
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01/09/2022 ESMA71-99-2006 Russian war adds uncertainty and volatility to EU financial markets- Press Release , Press Release PDF
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29/04/2022 ESMA71-99-1935 ESMA makes recommendations to improve investor protection , Press Release PDF
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