Tag Archives: BoE

BoE publishes FPC minutes and confirms Brexit analysis

The FPC met on 3 October. At the meeting, it continued to assess the risks Brexit presents to the UK financial services sector, noting there had been considerable progress in the UK to address the risks, but not much in the rest of the EU, such that companies no longer have time to mitigate all […]

Treasury plans transitional regulatory tool

Treasury has set out its plans for a temporary transitional tool for the UK regulators to use that will enable them to phase in the requirements for UK firms that will change under the raft of onshoring legislation consequent on Brexit. The EU Withdrawal Act provides the enabling powers for Treasury to make the various […]

Carney and Cunliffe to continue in post

Treasury and the BoE have announced that Mark Carney is to carry on in his role as Governor of the Bank until 31 January 2020, an extension of 7 months to his originally agreed term, while Sir Jon Cunliffe, deputy-governor with responsibility for financial stability, has also been reappointed.

Non-bank PSP joins Faster Payments

The Bank of England has announced that TransferWise, an FCA-regulated non-bank PSP has joined Faster Payments as a direct participant. This is the first non-bank PSP to join a UK payment system settling in central bank money. BoE, FCA and the Payment Systems Regulator all heralded the development.

BoE outlines 2018 stress test

The BoE has published the scenario against which it will stress-test banks in 2018. As confirmed by the FPC, the basis of the test will be the same as the 2017 version, but the hurdles will evolve such that: banks will be held to higher standards the more systemically important they are; hurdle rates will […]

BoE publishes annual report on FMI supervision

The Bank of England has published a report on its supervision of financial market infrastructures (FMI). The report measures performance against its 2017 annual report, as well as looking ahead. The report: Defines FMIs and their importance; Explains BoE’s supervisory role and BoE’s interaction with national and international regulators; Reports on BoE’s supervision over the […]

BoE updates resolution planning MoU

BoE has updated its MoU on resolution planning and crisis management between it, the PRA and Treasury. The MoU clearly sets out the duties of each entity and was last updated in April.

BoE announces SONIA implementation date

The Bank of England (BoE) has confirmed an implementation date of 23 April 2018 for reforms to the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) interest rate benchmark. The March 2017 reforms will result in the following changes: BoE taking on the end-to-end administration, including calculation and publication of SONIA; the coverage of SONIA being broadened to […]

BoE reviews FinTech Accelerator progress

Andrew Hauser, Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience, has commented on the work of BoE’s FinTech Accelerator programme since its launch in June 2016. The programme sought to improve BoE’s understanding of FinTech products and firms, and also to give these firms an insight into the questions and needs central banks might have, […]

BoE updates on resolution approach

BoE has published an update to its “approach to resolution“, originally published in 2014.

BoE NEDs review conflicts policies

The BoE’s non-executive directors have published a review of its approach to identifying and managing conflicts of interest within the BoE set up. There will be an update to the Bank’s Code of Conduct to update and clarify requirements. Among changes will be the appointment of a designated Conflicts Officer, together with other organisational and technological […]

Alex Brazier, Executive Director of BoE delivers a speech entitled: ‘Debt Strikes Back’ or ‘The Return of the Regulator’?

Alex Brazier, Executive Director (Financial Stability) at BoE has delivered a speech in which he considers the recent developments in household debt, how that debt can pose dangers to the wider economy, and the three lines of defence put in place by regulators to guard against those dangers. Mr Brazier observed that in the past […]

BOE releases details of RTGS payments proof of concept

In a press release, the BOE announced the successful use of Ripple’s Interledger Protocol to make two simulated Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) payments. Key findings: that the Interledger Protocol was able to support synchronisation of payments between two simulated RTGS ledgers;  that the ILP Validator created a single source of truth between the two ledgers, […]

BoE responds to risks in life and general insurance sectors

David Rule, Executive Director of Insurance Supervision at BoE delivered a speech on 6 July at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) with a focus on risks and BoE’s supervisory priorities in the life and general insurance sectors. BoE is concerned with risk concentrations and the impact of the current market conditions. For example, in […]

BoE publishes record of Financial Policy Committee meeting

BoE has published a record of its Financial Policy Committee’s Meeting on 21 June 2017. The report reveals the reasoning behind the recommendations and decisions in its Financial Stability Report no. 41. in relation to: Increasing the UK countercyclical capital buffer rate to 0.5%, from 0%; Clarifying its existing insurance measures in the mortgage market, designed […]

BoE publishes Financial Stability Report

BoE has published Financial Stability Report no. 41  which sets out the views of the Financial Policy Committee (FPC)  on the current financial stability of the UK, including an assessment of the risks to, and resilience of, the UK financial system and its recommendations to reduce those risks. The FPC has assessed the overall risks in […]

BoE speaks on operational resilience

Charlotte Gerken has spoken of the BoE’s approach to operational resilience. She focussed on how it is developing its approach in co-operation with firms and other regulators. BoE’s aim is to improve the ability of the financial services sector to absorb the impact of an unexpected event while continuing to perform its key activities.  Part […]

BoE updates Fintech accelerator

BoE has updated its Fintech accelerator page, to reflect that its latest call for applications is now closed. The page also outlines the current proofs of concept that currently form part of the accelerator programme.

BoE speaks on ethics and culture in banking

Mark Carney has spoken on the work to improve the culture of the banking industry. He commented that the banking industry has suffered twin crises of solvency and legitimacy. The solvency problems are being addressed by significant regulatory reforms to make banks more liquid, more focused and stronger. Meanwhile, multiple examples of misconduct have led many […]

BoE updates on payments infrastructure

Members of our team attended a seminar on the retail payments infrastructure. Among the speakers, David Bailey outlined BoE’s current priorities. He spoke of the role of the Payments Strategy Forum and BoE’s work on real time gross settlement. He focussed on the proposal to consolidate Bacs and Faster Payments, and the Cheque & Credit […]

BoE looks at FinTech support

Mark Carney has spoken as the chair of the Financial Stability Board, looking at the potential FinTech has to make the financial system inclusive, effective, efficient and resilient.  He said that the true promise of FinTech comes from its potential to unbundle banking into its core functions – which are settling payments, performing maturity transformation, […]

Treasury prepares for PRA changes

Treasury has published a draft statutory instrument which prepares for the transfer of the PRA into the Bank of England under the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016, which is likely to happen in the first half of next year.