Geopolitics represents the single biggest threat to financial markets, warned Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, at an event in Toronto yesterday.
Speaking at the Swell event hosted by Ripple, Bernanke noted that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 was so severe because different elements of the financial system has become so interlinked that stressful conditions in one area soon spread to other parts of the system. However, he argued that the financial markets are systemically safer now and that the biggest threats to these markets come from external sources.
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.