The oversight body of the Basel Committee, GHOS (Governors and Heads of Supervision), has agreed today after several years of work on key supplements to complete the global standards for banks’ capital adequacy. Finansinspektionen (FI) is a member of the Basel Committee and has participated in this project.
Finansinspektionen (FI) is presenting today its proposal for a stricter amortisation requirement. Following a decision by FI’s Board of Directors, the proposal is now being submitted to the Government for approval.
Finansinspektionen (FI) has found that SEB has reported transactions improperly and that there have been deficiencies in the internal control of transaction reporting. SEB is therefore being issued a remark and must pay an administrative fine of SEK 12 million.
Finansinspektionen’s report, Stability in the Financial System, shows that the high level of household debt and rising house prices are causing vulnerabilities to build up in the Swedish economy. FI therefore would like to introduce a stricter amortisation requirement for new mortgage holders who take large loans in relation to their income.
Over-indebtedness is at the top of the agenda at FI’s Consumer Protection Day, which is being held today, Thursday, 11 May. FI will also present its annual report, Consumer Protection on the Financial Market, which includes a review of the areas that FI is prioritising in terms of consumer protection supervision.
The amortisation requirement that was introduced last year has had a slow-down effect thus far. Households with new mortgages are borrowing less and buying less expensive homes, but the risks associated with high household debt remain.
Nasdaq Clearing AB is receiving a remark and must pay an administrative fine of SEK 25 million. Nasdaq Stockholm AB is receiving a remark and must pay an administrative fine of SEK 30 million.
Finansinspektionen (FI) reports its assessment of financial stability twice a year. At a press conference today, FI Director General Erik Thedéen and FI Chief Economist Henrik Braconier will present this year’s second stability report.
Finansinspektionen (FI) believes that securitisation can give rise to risks that are not considered in current regulation. FI is therefore submitting for consultation today the method it intends to use to assess banks’ capital requirement within Pillar 2 for flowback risks during securitisation.
Finansinspektionen (FI) is publishing two consultation memorandums today that will raise the capital requirements primarily for exposures to corporates for banks that use the internal ratings-based approach.
FI noted during the spring that Nordea's reported Probability of Default (PD) as a percentage of its corporate lending was larger than its estimated PD during certain years and in certain markets. In other words, actual PD was higher than the bank's estimated PD.
Finansinspektionen is issuing Resurs Bank AB a remark. The bank must also pay an administrative fine of SEK 35 million.
SvD published information today about FI's supervision of Nordea and the banks' internal models. FI therefore sees a need to describe and make certain clarifications about its supervision and how the capital assessment for Nordea has been handled.
SvD is publishing an article today about information in a memorandum written by FI regarding Nordea's capital needs. SvD did not receive the memorandum from FI. As a result, the confidentiality assessment that FI is obligated to conduct pursuant to the Public Disclosure and Secrecy Act has not been conducted.
Household debts are continuing to develop in an unfavourable direction. This is one of the conclusions in FI's Stability Report, which is being published today.
Nordea Bank AB (Nordea) has applied to Finansinspektionen (FI) for authorisation to execute plans under which its wholly-owned subsidiaries in Denmark, Finland and Norway will be merged with Nordea and thereafter be operated as branches. FI has decided to grant Nordea authorisation.
The higher degree of digitalisation can lead to more cost-efficient solutions for both consumers and financial companies. However, it is important to safeguard consumer protection.
New mortgages must be amortised down to 50 per cent of the value of the residential property. The amortisation requirement will apply to all new loans that are collateralised by a residential property. The property may be revalued every fifth year.
Swedish households are borrowing more in relation to their income. Despite this, they have in general sufficient margins to make their payments. FI presents these and other conclusions in this year's Mortgage Survey, which is being published today.
FI's Board of Directors has decided to raise the countercyclical capital buffer to 2 per cent as of 19 March 2017.
Today FI will submit a report to the Government about how climate change may affect financial stability.
Trig Social Media AB has, in an interim report, on a number of points neglected the provisions regarding periodic financial information. Finansinspektionen has therefore decided to issue the company with a caution for having breached the accounting rules.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.