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Bank Of England
Two major central banks have signalled their increased engagement with the fintech industry with the Bank of England publishing a detailed report in its latest Quarterly Bulletin into the potential for fintech and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York establishing a Fintech Advisory Group.
In its report, the Bank of England stresses that the implications of fintech as part of the wider shift to a digital economy are only beginning to be realised, but says the potential is “substantial”.
The Bank of England and European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have announced that they have agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) regarding cooperation and information-sharing arrangements with respect to central counterparties (CCPs) and central securities depositories (CSDs).
The MoUs follow the adoption by the European Commission in December 2018 of temporary equivalence decisions on the future UK legal and supervisory framework for UK CCPs and CSDs.
The Commission’s implementing acts would come into effect in the result of a no-deal Brexit. In that scenario, they would allow UK CCPs and CSDs to be recognised by ESMA from 30 March 2019, and therefore continue to provide services respectively to EU clearing members, trading venues and also provide notary and settlement services for securities issued under EU law.
The MoUs will also only take effect in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Bank of England, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have all welcomed the decision by the European Commission (EC) to adopt a temporary equivalence regime for central counterparties (CCPs) and Central Securities Depositories (CSDs).
ESMA says it supports continued access to UK CCPs, in order to limit the risk of disruption in central clearing and to avoid any negative impact on the financial stability of the EU. It adds it aims to recognise UK CCPs in a timely manner, as long as four recognition conditions under Article 25 of EMIR are met.
The Bank of England and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have announced the appointment of Tushar Morzaria as the new chair of the Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates Working Group.
The group was established in 2015 to implement the Financial Stability Board’s recommendation to develop alternative risk-free rates (RFRs) for use instead of Libor-style reference rates. In April 2017, the Working Group recommended the Sonia benchmark as their preferred RFR and since then has been focused on how to transition to using Sonia across sterling markets.
The Bank of England says it is looking to explore synchronisation of payments in its RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) service, including cross border payments relating to international currency transactions.
In a release the Bank says it believes that this functionality could provide an opportunity to reduce cost and risk, improve efficiency, and support innovative new methods of settlement. “We are now seeking to work with a small group of organisations to further explore the potential for this functionality,” it states.
The Bank of England’s Working Group on Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates, which is tasked with leading the transition away from Libor to term Sonia rates, has launched a consultation process to help drive the evolution, which is intended to be complete by the end of 2021.
The work is part of a global effort to shift interest rate benchmarks away from the scandal-ridden mechanisms such as Libor, Euribor and Tibor, has been launched at a time when attention on the reform process is ratcheting up.
In a new report to the G20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) has concluded that “cryptoassets do not pose a material risk to global financial stability at this time”.
While this is a welcome boost for the crypto industry, the FSB does make clear that these assets should be vigilantly monitored by authorities going forward.
As such, the FSB has requested that the Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities (SCAV) and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) work jointly to develop a framework for monitoring the financial stability risks related to cryptoassets with a focus on identifying potential metrics that can be used to measure these risks.
The Bank of England says it has implemented its reforms to the Sonia Interest rate benchmark.
The bank says its aim in reforming Sonia – the Sterling Overnight Index Average – is to strengthen a benchmark which is considered critical for the sterling financial markets. Previously, the benchmark was based on a market for brokered deposits, which the Old Lady says, has limited transaction volumes.
The new benchmark now captures a broader scope of overnight unsecured deposits, by including bilaterally negotiated transactions alongside brokered transactions.
Rohan Churm has been appointed as head of the FX division at Bank of England (BoE), succeeding Rebecca Jackson.
A spokesperson for the BoE declines to comment on the news, but Profit & Loss understands that Churm took on this new role late last year.
Prior to this, Churm was the head of the Stress Testing Strategy Division at the BoE. The division was created in 2014 and is responsible for the delivery of stress tests and development of the stress testing framework.
The October 2015 paper, “The Bank of England’s Approach to Stress Testing the UK Banking System”, set out the main features of the Bank’s stress-testing framework to 2018.