The Federal Reserve continues to emphasize improvements to internal audit, governance and controls, and other processes under the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review framework even a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, writes Breana Patel of Bonova Advisory. Firms could better use machine learning and predictive risk models to enhance data accuracy, a key factor in internal controls and the evaluation of stress, Patel writes.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with wildfires in Northern California, have required numerous banks to execute emergency preparedness plans. Marine Bank & Trust President and CEO Bill Penney notes that some of the most important aspects of such plans are employee safety measures, flexibility and redundancy.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who soon will be president of the Bundestag, is warning about the possibility of another global financial crisis. "Economists all over the world are concerned about the increased risks arising from the accumulation of more and more liquidity and the growth of public and private debt," he said.
The House Financial Services Committee has passed a bill doing away with the Dodd-Frank Act provision that automatically designates any bank with $50 billion in assets as a systemically important financial institution. The bill would replace the $50 billion threshold with a requirement that regulators evaluate a bank's complexity and interconnectedness before making the designation.
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is giving national regulators broad flexibility in how they let banks calculate liabilities from their derivatives exposures. The change lowers the floor supervisors can allow under the net stable funding ratio to 5% from 20%.
The International Financial Reporting Standard 9, which requires stronger provisioning for bad loans, is expected to significantly affect East African banks' earnings and capital levels. "We see the stock of impairments by banks growing by anything between 15[%] to 40%, in line with international estimates," said Yusuf Omari, chief financial officer of Barclays Bank of Kenya.
The North American Securities Administrators Association is putting a high priority on drafting a cybersecurity rule requiring financial firms to take adequate measures to protect clients' data from hackers, said Joe Borg, the group's new president. Because the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority haven't adopted cybersecurity rules, a model rule adopted by NASAA could end up governing the financial-advisory business.
Regulators around the world are facing the challenge of controlling cryptocurrencies, which have seen incredible growth in recent years. Russian President Vladimir Putin raised concerns about cryptocurrencies possibly being used for tax evasion or money laundering, joining the growing list of officials calling for regulation.
FSAC Knowledge Brief: Risk Data Aggregation Internal auditors at banks of all sizes should be aware of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's regulation number 239 (BCBS 239) principles and prepare to provide assurance over their implementation and ongoing monitoring. This brief provides key considerations for internal audit functions of financial institutions. Download the brief.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. experienced 54 security incidents during 2015 and 2016, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The report also says that the data of hundreds of thousands of consumers were potentially at risk and that the FDIC's response time to the cyberattacks was more than nine months.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's forensics unit pleaded for better equipment, training and communication two months before the SEC discovered cybercriminals had breached its corporate-information system. The unit complained of "serious deficiencies" in a three-page memo obtained by congressional staff.
FSAC Quick Poll Results: Crisis Response Procedures Whether due to fraud, reputational damage, or natural disaster, organizations will, at some point, find themselves in "crisis mode". IIA webinar attendees from the financial services industry, 86% say they have general crisis response procedures, and 65% have crisis scenarios developed, but only about half test the scenario response. See the poll results.
Playing in the gray: Maintaining independence
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Facilitating audit committee leadership
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