FINMA starts consultation on revision of "Liquidity risks – banks" circular
2020-05-05 | News & Media

FINMA starts consultation on revision of "Liquidity risks – banks" circular

The Federal Council in November 2019 introduced a net stable funding ratio (NSFR) for banks by mid-2021 and is to make the appropriate adjustments to the Liquidity Ordinance as well as the changes to FINMA's supervisory practice set out in Circular 2015/2 "Liquidity risks – banks".


The adjustments to FINMA Circular 15/2 essentially concern two areas:

- technical implementing provisions and refinements to the new requirements for the NSFR as set out in Art. 17f–17s LiqO;

- qualitative requirements and liquidity coverage ratio: clarifications, further details and additions in certain areas.

FINMA carries out the consultations regarding this issue, which considers the questions of the timetable for the adoption of the Liquidity Ordinance. Due to the situation with COVID-19 pandemic, FINMA extends this consultation to ten weeks, and so will be conducted till 13 July 2020.

Due to the requirements mentioned in Basel III minimum standards, the bank should follow even stricter liquidity requirements and accomplish funding requirements that are harmonised internationally.

Due to this, the Federal Council adjusted the Liquidity Ordinance in 2017 with the mentioned international rules. However, the introduction of the NSFR was delayed.

As well, FINMA adapted its "Liquidity risks – banks" circular at that time and carried out the consultation.

There should be mentioned that the present consultation exercise only relates to the clarifications and editing changes. Due to the Federal Council's timetable, the amendments are planned to enter into force on 1 July 2021.

Source: https://www.finma.ch/en/news/2020/05/20200504-mm-a...

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