On May 19, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA published further Guidance 06/2020 in the context of the COVID-19 situation providing some changes to the exemptions implied to the phases and clarified how the net stable funding ratio (NSFR) is calculated.
In Notice 02/2020 dated March 31, 2020, due to the fact that the banks were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and which effected the real economy, FINMA granted three reliefs until July 1, 2020.
Firstly, clients still have unusually high deposits with Swiss banks. The relief in the leverage ratio (except for central bank balances) will, therefore, be extended until January 1, 2021, for all banks. In the case of dividend distributions, the reduction in the relief stated in Notice 03/2020 continues to apply.
Secondly, the relief in the area of risk distribution ends on July 1, 2020.
Thirdly, the relief in the area of backtesting exceptions in the form of a freeze until tFebruary 1, 2020, is generally adopted in future supervisory practice.