Press releases

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2015

New proposal for an amortization requirement

FI today sends out a proposal which requires amortization of mortgages. The proposal is that new mortgage holders must pay their mortgages down to a 50 per cent loan-to value ratio. Starting on 1 June 2016, the amortization requirement will apply to all new loans which are collateralized by a home.

Growing risks require readiness to introduce further measures

Resilience in the Swedish financial system is satisfactory. However, the sharp rise in housing prices means that household debt is growing rapidly. This development entails an increase in the risks to economic stability. It is therefore necessary to be prepared to take further measures.

Resilience continues to be sound but measures required

The Swedish financial system is functioning well and the banks' resilience to disruptions is satisfactory. At the same time, measures are required to reduce the risks linked to household indebtedness. These are two of the conclusions drawn in FI's Stability Report, which is being presented today.

Handelsbanken receives a remark and is ordered to pay 35 million

Handelsbanken has not complied with the money laundering rules. The bank has not conducted risk assessments for all of its customers or obtained sufficient information about customers and their business relations. The bank's system for reviewing transactions has also been deficient. Handelsbanken thus receives a remark and is ordered to pay an administrative fine of SEK 35 million.

Nordea receives a warning and is ordered to pay 50 million

There have been major deficiencies in Nordea's work to prevent money laundering. This means there is a high probability that if people have tried to launder money or finance terrorism that they could have done so without Nordea having been able to detect this. Nordea is therefore receiving a warning and is ordered to pay the maximum administrative fine of SEK 50 million.

FI is not progressing with the amortization requirement

Finansinspektionen (FI) is of the opinion that it is necessary to put an amortisation requirement in place. At the same time, the Administrative Court of Appeal of Jönköping, among others, finds deficiencies in the legal basis for FI to decide on an amortisation requirement. FI determines that the legal status is unclear and that FI's mandate needs clarifying. Therefore, at present, FI is not progressing with the amortisation requirement.

Resilience still sound among households with mortgages

More households are amortizing, and they are more resilient than they were a year ago. At the same time, many households with lower loan-to-value ratios choose to refrain from amortizing, confirming the need for an amortisation requirement. These are some of the conclusions from this year's mortgage survey.

Amortization requirement for new mortgages

New mortgage holders must pay their mortgages down to a 50 per cent loan-to-value ratio. The amortisation requirement will apply to all new loans granted that are collateralised by a home, as of 1 August 2015. Properties may be revalued every fifth year. The rules will apply to all banks and credit market companies. This is proposed by Finansinspektionen (FI).

2014

Sound resilience in the financial system

Resilience in the Swedish financial system is satisfactory. Despite unease abroad, the banks have sound resilience and access to funding. The major banks' need for funding from the market and the substantial debts of households are, at the same time, vulnerabilities that must be monitored and counteracted. These are the conclusions of Finansinspektionen's (FI's) Stability Report.

Martin Andersson stays on as Director General

2014-12-04 | Press releases

Today, the Government decided to renew its confidence in Martin Andersson, who will stay on as Director General of Finansinspektionen (FI).

New mortgages to be repaid down to 50 percent

New mortgage holders are to repay their mortgages down to 50 per cent loan-to-value (LTV). Annual repayments of at least 2 per cent will first be made on loans down to 70 per cent LTV. After that at least one per cent is to be repaid annually down to 50 per cent LTV.

Administrative fines for Solidum and Fjällförsäkringar

2014-10-07 | Press releases

Credit market company Solidum has not managed its credit risks properly, and insurance company Fjällförsäkringar has had deficiencies in its coverage of liabilities. Both firms are being issued a remark and must pay administrative fines.

The banks must be more open about mortgage rates

The banks have, for a long time, presented misleading list prices to their mortgage customers. FI is now requiring them to report an average of the interest rates that customers actually pay. The proposal is an important step in strengthening the position of banking customers on the mortgage market.

New capital requirements decided

The forthcoming capital requirements for Swedish banks have now been decided. The requirements were presented as early as before the summer. The decision also refers to the countercyclical capital buffer, which shall be 1 per cent.

Skandiabanken: adverse remark issued and administrative fine of SEK 10 million imposed

2014-06-26 | Press releases Bank

There have been inadequacies in the investment advice that Skandiabanken Aktiebolag has provided through tied agents. The bank has not complied with the rules applicable for receiving commission nor dealt with conflicts of interest in the correct manner. An adverse remark is consequently issued to the bank and an administrative fine of SEK 10 million imposed.

Household debt and bank's market funding - risks to stability

The Swedish financial system is resilient, but stability risks are present. The two major risks are banks' dependence on market funding, and high debt among households. This is the conclusion from Finansinspektionen's (FI's) Stability Report.

Financial advice, instant loan firms and mortgages - three areas in which consumer protection must be strengthened

A need for better advice on financial products, greater demands on instant loan firms and openness regarding the mortgage rate. These are some of the conclusions in Finansinspektionen's new consumer protection report presented today at FI's Consumer Protection Day.

Forthcoming capital requirements for Swedish banks

Today, FI describes how capital requirements for Swedish banks will be devised. The information pertains two capital requirements for systemic risks for the four major banks, considerations regarding the countercyclical capital buffer and the increase to the risk weight floor for Swedish mortgages.

FI withdraws the authorisation of Skandinavisk Kapitalförvaltning

2014-04-14 | Press releases

Insurance intermediary Skandinavisk Kapitalförvaltning AB has had serious deficiencies in its operations. The company has not complied with the rules in place to create sound consumer protection. Finansinspektionen (FI) is therefore withdrawing the authorisation of the company. The decision enters into effect immediately.

Sound resilience among households with mortgages

Swedish households borrow up to 70 per cent of the value of their home on average, and indebtedness is high in a historical and international perspective. At the same time, Finansinspektionen's (FI's) annual mortgage survey shows that fewer than one household in ten are granted loans that exceed 85 per cent of the value of the home, and such households amortise at a rapid rate. Households also have sound repayment ability.

FI does not grant waivers from the Basel 1-floor

2014-03-18 | Press releases Basel

Finansinspektionen (FI) does not consider it to be appropriate to grant banks the option of waivers from the so-called Basel 1 floor. FI wishes to continue ensuring that the banking system is sufficiently resilient, which safeguards financial stability.

FI strengthens consumer protection

Finansinspektionen (FI) is starting up a new operational section – Consumer Protection. The purpose is to gain a clearer focus on consumer protection matters and hence strengthen the position of consumers on the financial market.

FI withdraws the authorisation of Festival International

2014-01-14 | Press releases

The investment firm Festival International AB has, for a long period of time, been safekeeping financial instruments and related services such as cash management without the requisite authorisation. The company has also demonstrated deficiencies in its internal governance. Finansinspektionen (FI) therefore withdraws Festival's authorisation to conduct investment services and activities.

FI withdraws the authorisation of Exchange Finans

2014-01-14 | Press releases

FI is withdrawing the authorisation of credit market company Exchange Finans to conduct financing business. The company has had serious deficiencies in its internal governance and control and has in particular neglected to take measures to prevent the operations from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. The company must cease all operations with immediate effect.

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