Important PMs and decisions

We publish here the important PMs and decisions that can be assumed to be of particular interest for the general public.

2015

Driving forces behind household indebtedness

In this report, Finansinspektionen, Sveriges Riksbank and the Swedish National Debt Office present a general description of the driving forces behind the rise in household indebtedness. A central conclusion in the report is that indebtedness is largely linked to developments on the housing market.

2014

Finansinspektionen’s view on the amortisation requirement

Household debt does not represent a risk to financial stability, but it does increase the macroeconomic risks. If designed to be flexible, an amortisation requirement could reduce these risks.

Amortisation by mortgage holders increased since the introduction of individual amortisation plans

New mortgage holders are more likely to amortise after the banks introduced individually tailored amortisation plans as of 1 July 2014. The ongoing debate in the media about amortisation and that the Swedish Bankers’ Association has tightened its recommendations regarding amortisation may also have contributed to the increase in amortisation payments.

Stability risks associated with household indebtedness

FI makes the assessment that the risks associated with household debt have not yet reached alarming levels. However, there are also macroeconomic risks associated with rising household indebtedness.

Measures to counteract household indebtedness – amortisation requirement

FI makes the assessment that an amortisation requirement that is applied in a flexible manner will strengthen in the long run household resilience to shocks. An amortisation requirement will keep house prices down and slow the rate at which debt is growing, and higher amortisation payments will help households reduce their debts and thus their interest expenses.

Capital requirements for Swedish banks

Finansinspektionen presents positions to ensure that the Swedish banking system stands more robustly equipped to withstand future financial crises.

Authorisation for a bank merger in Skåne

2014-05-16 | Memos & decisions Bank

Finansinspektionen has decided to approve the reorganisation of Sparbanken 1826.

Nasdaq OMX Clearing receives authorisation to be a central counterparty

Finansinspektionen grants Nasdaq OMX Clearing authorisation to act as a central counterparty in accordance with the EU’s regulation regarding OTC derivatives, central counterparties and transaction registers (EMIR).

2013

Decision to implement a risk weight floor for mortgages

FI is implementing a risk weight floor of 15 per cent for Swedish mortgages. The floor will be implemented as a supervisory measure within Pillar 2.

Implementation of the European supervisory authorities’ guidelines and recommendations

2013-02-18 | EIOPA ESMA EBA

Finansinspektionen finds that guidelines from the European supervisory authorities addressed to competent authorities or financial market participants are equivalent to Swedish general guidelines.

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