The Federal Reserve has proposed changing annual stress tests to provide banks more information on how their portfolios might fare during market shocks. "This enhanced transparency will bolster the credibility of our stress tests and help the public better evaluate the results," said Randal Quarles, vice chairman for supervision.
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The Federal Reserve is likely to approach interest-rate increases cautiously in 2018 as the environment makes a policy misstep costly, said Bill Gross of Janus Henderson Investors. "Should a crisis arise because of policy mistakes, geopolitical crises, or other currently unforeseen risks, the ability to protect principal will be impaired relative to history," Gross wrote in an investment note.
The London Interbank Offered Rate might still be used as a benchmark after 2021, when the UK Financial Conduct Authority stops regulating it, market participants say. ICE Benchmark Administration is committed to helping Libor evolve "so it has a future after 2021," President Tim Bowler says.
A quarterly report from the Federal Reserve found that the US municipal bond market dropped from $3.827 trillion in the second quarter to $3.803 trillion in the third quarter. About $1.562 trillion was held by retail investors.
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While hesitant to compromise on Dodd-Frank Act reform, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has applauded the Senate on a bipartisan regulatory-relief bill. "It's been a while since we've seen progress on these issues out of the Senate, so I salute Sen. [Mike] Crapo on his work, and I'm anxious to see what he can get passed on the Senate floor," Hensarling said of the Idaho Republican.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo plans to assign staff from the divisions of enforcement, swaps dealer and intermediary oversight, and clearing and risk to monitor bitcoin futures trading. "There will be no reduction of responsibilities for our market-oversight and enforcement teams in order to account for this new responsibility," Giancarlo said.
While broker-dealers have made great strides in establishing written policies and procedures for protecting investor information during the past two years, cybersecurity remains a major threat, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority reported. Firms are still vulnerable to phishing and ransomware attacks and must address access management by implementing systems to log, monitor and supervise employee activity to better detect anomalies, FINRA said.
The Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision, which oversees the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, has approved a final Basel III framework agreement. "The package of reforms endorsed by the GHOS now completes the global reform of the regulatory framework, which began following the onset of the financial crisis," said European Central Bank President and GHOS Chairman Mario Draghi. Read GFMA's statement.
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