Home Economic, Financial news Bank regulation has gone too far, ECB supervisor argues

Bank regulation has gone too far, ECB supervisor argues

Bank regulation has gone too far, ECB supervisor argues© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – The logo of the European Central Bank (ECB) is pictured outside its headquarters in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bank regulation has gone too far, yet supervisors may still be missing risk factors that could herald the next crisis, the outgoing Dutch member of the European Central Bank’s Supervisory Board said on Thursday.

Banks have faced increasingly stringent rules since the global financial crisis and critics argue that excessive regulation could force financial companies to take on new types of risks that are not yet on the radar of supervisors.

“Sometimes, supervision goes too far,” Jan Sijbrand, the Dutch central bank’s top supervisor said in a farewell speech. “There is an increasing lack of any consistent theoretical structure in the recent supervisory requirements that are coming in from all angles.”

“And these measures are to a growing extent becoming removed from the logic of sensible risk management,” he added, speaking in Amsterdam.

Sijbrand argued that a lack of coordination between regulatory bodies hampered their work as different agencies were vying with each other to restrain lenders without listening enough to each other.

He also warned that supervision has lost momentum, becoming big and expensive while at the same time losing its focus on making the sector safer. This risked missing new signs of trouble as the finiancial sector evolved.

“During the last crisis, this issue centered on asset backed securities which slipped through, between market risk control and credit risk control,” Sijbrand said.

“At the moment you can see something similar with financial market infrastructures – in particular central counterparty clearing houses, falling in between payment services oversight and prudential supervision,” he added.

The lack of powers in tackling money laundering was also a worry as fragmentation of responsibility risked creating blind spots and leaving major risks undetected, he argued.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Source: Investing.com