As 2021 comes into view, what can we expect to be at the top of regulators’ agendas? As well as continuing priorities like sustainability, innovation and consumer protection, we think prudential reform will be a key issue in 2021, along with the reshaping of the UK regulatory landscape beyond Brexit. We’re delighted to share our predictions in our briefing What does 2021 hold?, which explores regulatory hot topics for financial institutions to watch in 2021.
Each market is dealing with COVID-19 cautiously, and the guidelines issued by different agencies follow a general theme around awareness, caution, and transparency.
Financial institutions face two categories of emergencies arising out of the coronavirus disease that could impair their functioning. The first is directly financial: a sudden drop in the value of financial assets, or loss of liquidity, whether domestically or elsewhere in the world that could lead to a national or even global financial crisis. The second is operational: the failure of the support structures that underpin the financial system.
Whilst EU regulators have traditionally focused on capital and liquidity risks when thinking about resilience of the financial sector, the shift towards an increasingly technology-reliant financial sector, and the high-profile IT outages and cyber-attacks this creates, has increased the focus on other risks to the stability of financial services firms.