FSB Head Signals Limits on – Not Just Look at – NBFI Leverage

As the FSOC finalizes a new U.S. systemic framework, FSB chair Klaas Knot today told the FT that the Board along with international standard-setters is conducting a review of nonbank leverage in an effort to improve bank-NBFI interconnections and ultimately limit nonbank borrowing.  The express focus on specific leverage constraints goes beyond the FSB’s more general statements to date.  Mr. Knot also highlighted imposing tougher collateral requirements for investment fund borrowing against higher-risk securities.

OIG: FDIC Inability to Deploy OLA Acute, Could Hike Systemic Risk

The FDIC’s OIG today released a polite, but still withering criticism of the FDIC’s inability to use OLA over a decade after Dodd-Frank gave it sweeping powers to address systemic-risk resolutions without resorting to bailouts.  Specifically, the OIG found that, while the FDIC has made some progress readying OLA-readiness since 2010, it failed to establish key elements needed to use this authority under stress, especially if this stress occurred in an entity other than a U.S. GSIB holding company.  However, the FDIC is not operationally ready to resolve a GSIB HC under OLA, nor does it have policies, procedures, or the operational capacity to do so for other entities or in scenarios where multiple systemic-risk failures are possible.