The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the Bank of International Settlements issued its "Reflections on Regulatory Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Highlights of its findings include the following:
- Regulatory policy responses should seek to support economic activity while preserving the financial system's soundness and ensuring transparency.
- The recommendation for banks to make full use of capital and liquidity buffers should go hand in hand with restrictions on dividends and bonuses and clarity concerning the process for rebuilding them.
- Flexibility in loan classification criteria for prudential and accounting purposes should be complemented with sufficient disclosure on the criteria banks use to assess creditworthiness.
- The publication of detailed guidance on the application of expected loss provisioning rules, combined with sensible transitional arrangements, may constitute a balanced approach to mitigating the unintended effects of the new accounting standards.