Low interest rates have contributed to high risk-taking, rising asset prices and increasing debt. Higher interest rates in the next few years could reduce risk-taking and thus dampen the build-up of risk. However, unexpectedly large interest rate fluctuations and uncertain global developments could also test the financial sector’s resilience. These are some of the conclusions Finansinspektionen (FI) draws in this year’s second report on the stability in the financial system. The report will be presented at a press conference today.
Finansinspektionen (FI) grants Nordea Bank AB authorisation to execute its merger plan and thus move the bank’s head office to Finland.
The Swedish economy continues to be strong, and resilience in the financial system is satisfactory. However, a long period of low interest rates and strong growth has resulted in an elevated risk appetite, high asset prices and high debt. This makes the financial sector more sensitive to shocks, writes Finansinspektionen (FI) in the first Stability Report of the year, which is being presented today.
Finansinspektionen (FI) is issuing Solidar Fonder AB (Solidar) a warning. The company must also pay an administrative fine of SEK 10 million.
Finansinspektionen’s report, Stability in the Financial System, shows that the high level of household debt and rising house prices are causing vulnerabilities to build up in the Swedish economy. FI therefore would like to introduce a stricter amortisation requirement for new mortgage holders who take large loans in relation to their income.
The amortisation requirement that was introduced last year has had a slow-down effect thus far. Households with new mortgages are borrowing less and buying less expensive homes, but the risks associated with high household debt remain.
Nasdaq Clearing AB is receiving a remark and must pay an administrative fine of SEK 25 million. Nasdaq Stockholm AB is receiving a remark and must pay an administrative fine of SEK 30 million.
Finansinspektionen (FI) reports its assessment of financial stability twice a year. At a press conference today, FI Director General Erik Thedéen and FI Chief Economist Henrik Braconier will present this year’s second stability report.
Finansinspektionen (FI) believes that securitisation can give rise to risks that are not considered in current regulation. FI is therefore submitting for consultation today the method it intends to use to assess banks’ capital requirement within Pillar 2 for flowback risks during securitisation.
Finansinspektionen (FI) is publishing two consultation memorandums today that will raise the capital requirements primarily for exposures to corporates for banks that use the internal ratings-based approach.