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Office of Financial Research

OFR Launches New Monitoring Tools

The US Office of Financial Research (OFR) has launched two new tools aimed at monitoring and measuring the risks and stress levels of financial markets. 

The first tool, the Financial System Vulnerabilities Monitor (FSVM), is replacing the OFR’s existing Financial Stability Monitor, which combined signs of vulnerabilities and stress.

By contrast, the FSVM focuses exclusively on monitoring vulnerabilities in the financial markets to signal potential risks, while the new Financial Stress Index (FSI) focuses on monitoring the stress levels of the financial markets.

Benchmarks Under Increased Regulatory Scrutiny

In a new whitepaper issued today, Thomson Reuters claims that regulators are requiring firms that contribute to financial benchmarks to face increased scrutiny of their record-keeping and information governance policies.

The paper, “Information Governance Reform for Benchmark Submitters”, focuses on the global momentum for regulatory change following the Libor and FX benchmark scandals and examines the challenges submitters now face.

It notes that, because most benchmarks are global and therefore cross jurisdictions, individual benchmarks may have multiple sources of regional regulations. As a result, firms are now required to ensure compliance with an expanded scope of guidelines and relevant jurisdictions.