The Financial Stability Board (FSB) Regional Consultative Group (RCG) for the Americas met in Nassau today at a meeting hosted by the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
At their meeting, members of the FSB RCG for the Americas began by reviewing the FSB’s workplan and policy priorities for 2017. In particular the group discussed the FSB work on implementation and effects of the G20 financial reforms. The RCG discussed the findings of the second annual report for G20 Leaders on the implementation and effects of reforms published by the FSB in August 2016.
Members of the group discussed regional macroeconomic and financial market developments, and key financial stability issues in the region, including possible policy responses to these developments. A discussion took place on the impact of the low interest rate environment on financial stability, including the impact on bank profitability and possible spillovers for emerging market and developing economies.
The group next discussed developments in fintech including the implications of distributed ledger technology and peer-to-peer lending and relevant developments in the insurance industry. The group considered the benefits these developments could provide in terms of deepening access to financial services and promoting financial inclusion. However, they also discussed possible risks that could emerge from fintech developments and potential issues for authorities.
The RCG discussed the FSB’s action plan to assess and address the withdrawal of correspondent banking services. In particular the group considered the impact of reductions in correspondent banking relationships in the Americas and a proposal for the RCG to establish a new working group on the broader issues of “de-risking” in some parts of the region.
The group received an update on the work of the RCG working group on shadow banking. The working group will publish a report in the coming months and is discussing its workplan for 2017. The group also discussed work on long-term investment financing in the region.
The FSB RCG for the Americas is co-chaired by Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada and DeLisle Worrell, Governor, Central Bank of Barbados. Membership includes financial authorities from Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States of America.
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