Officials around the world agree that macroprudential policy is an important tool for safeguarding the stability of their financial systems. But there is less consensus on what does and doesn’t count as a macroprudential policy tool.
In an effort to provide some much needed clarity, then, the Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee and International Monetary Fund have today released a guide.
But their reading of what doesn’t count is contentious. Read more
Among the timeliest pieces of economic research produced this year has been the Committee for the Global Financial System paper that identified a “vicious circle between the conditions of public finances and those of banks”.
The reluctance of Mr Sarkozy to spend French taxpayers’ money to prop up the country’s lenders for fear that this may cause France to lose its triple-A rating, further hurting those same investments, is just one example of this vicious circle.
It could be seen as embarrassing for regulators that they allowed banks to treat high-grade sovereign debt as though it was risk free, given that it has since been proven to be anything but.
Hervé Hannoun, the deputy general manager of the Bank for International Settlements and former Banque de France deputy, offered his take on regulators’ treatment of sovereign debt on Wednesday. Those hoping for an apology might be disappointed. Read more