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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.
14/09/2015 2015/1291 Risk Dashboard No. 3, 2105 Reference PDF
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14/09/2015 2015/1290 Report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No.2, 2015 Final Report PDF
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14/09/2015 2015/1379 ESMA raises its market risk indicator to highest level , Press Release PDF
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08/10/2015 2015/1516 ESMA CL to the IASB ED Amedments to IAS 19 and IFRIC 14 Letter PDF
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08/10/2015 2015/1517 ESMA CL to EFRAG re IASB ED Amedments to IAS 19 and IFRIC 14 Letter PDF
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08/10/2015 2015/1518 ESMA CL to the IASB ED Clarifications to IFRS 15 Letter PDF
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08/10/2015 2015/1519 ESMA CL to EFRAG re IASB ED Clarifications to IFRS 15 Letter PDF
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08/10/2015 2015/1520 ESMA CL to the IASB ED Effective date of amedments to IFRS 10 and IAS 28 Letter PDF
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08/10/2015 2015/1521 ESMA CL to EFRAG re IASB ED Effective date of amedments to IFR... Letter PDF
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18/11/2015 2015/1733 ESMA CL- ED Conceptual Framework and Update of References , Letter PDF
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18/11/2015 2015/1734 ESMA CL EFRAG Conceptual Framework , Letter PDF
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20/11/2015 2015-1738 ESMA letter to IFRSF- Trustees' review of the structure and effectiveness of the IFRSF Letter PDF
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20/11/2015 2015/1739 ESMA letter to EFRAG- Trustees' review of the structure and effectiveness of the IFRSF , Letter PDF
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20/11/2015 2015/1749 Comment Letter to EFRAG’s draft letter on endorsement advice on adoption of IFRS 9 Letter PDF
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02/12/2015 2015/1740 ESMA CL to the IASB Agenda consultation Letter PDF
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02/12/2015 2015/1741 ESMA CL to EFRAG on IASB Agenda consultation Letter PDF
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02/12/2015 2015/1742 Comment letter to the IFRS IC on TAD relating to IFRS 5 Letter PDF
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16/12/2015 2015/1882 Risk Dashboard No. 4, 2015 Reference PDF
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22/12/2015 2015/WP/2015/2 Working Paper No.2, 2015 “Monitoring systemic risk in the hedge fund sector” Final Report PDF
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The working paper proposes new measures for systemic risk in the hedge fund sector. These measures are based on the ability of hedge funds to influence (be influenced by) the performance trend of the entire hedge fund sector. The proposed measures display a high ability to identify periods of financial distress, are robust to modifications in the underlying econometric model and deliver an innovation in the monitoring of systemic risks in the fund industry.