October 29, 2018

Countries have improved banking sector regulation considerably in the past decade, but areas of weakness remain (Steve Gottlieb/Newscom)

The many 10th anniversary retrospectives of the global financial crisis mostly agree: the financial system is safer today than it was when US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008. In some respects, the IMF’s recent Global Financial Stability Report supports that conclusion. Capital, liquidity, and banking sector leverage have improved.

But policymakers shouldn’t rest on their laurels. The Chart of the Week offers a more granular look at the progress (or lack of it) on banking sector regulation and supervision since the crisis on a number of dimensions. It finds that while there has been improvement in many areas, significant trouble spots remain. (The chart focuses on banking, but similar issues arise in our assessment of securities and insurance regulation and supervision.)

Policymakers shouldn’t rest on their laurels.

Across the financial sector, two of the most problematic areas are corporate governance and regulatory oversight. Before the crisis, weak corporate governance gave rise to risky exposures, often driven by flawed incentives that rewarded quick profits. What is more, many supervisors lacked the independence, accountability, resources, and legal protections they needed to properly oversee financial institutions. Those weaknesses have yet to be fixed.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »