Recent news

We list here recent news from the banking sector.

2020

FI expects banks and credit market companies to stop dividend payments

The spread of the coronavirus has created immediate challenges for society and caused economic disruptions throughout Sweden and the global economy. The forecasts for the Swedish economy are rapidly deteriorating. Therefore, it is important the we safeguard a stable supply of credit to households and firms and maintain good resilience in the system. Banks and credit market companies play a crucial role in this respect.

FI delays decision on SEB until June

FI is delaying the decision that will conclude the ongoing sanction assessment in the investigation into the governance and control of anti-money laundering measures at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB). FI is now planning to pass its decision in June.

Swedbank receives a warning and an administrative fine of SEK 4 billion

Swedbank AB receives a warning and must pay an administrative fine of SEK 4 billion for serious deficiencies in its work to combat money laundering.

Swedbank fined for serious deficiencies in its measures to combat money laundering

Swedbank AB has had serious deficiencies in its management of the risk of money laundering in its Baltic operations. This is the conclusion of parallel investigations into parent company Swedbank AB and its subsidiary bank Swedbank AS in Estonia that were conducted by Swedish Finansinspektionen (FI) and Estonian Finantsinspektsioon.

FI will hold a press conference related to Swedbank

Finansinspektionen (FI) will hold a press conference on Thursday, 19 March, following the decision by FI’s Board of Directors regarding the investigation into Swedbank’s measures to combat money laundering.

Loss of income due to corona-virus a cause for exemption from amortisation

Due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many households and firms may be exposed to economic stress. Even if the crisis is expected to be temporary, its effects can be far-reaching. Banks and borrowers may agree to reduce or suspend amortisation payments temporarily given special grounds. FI considers the loss of income linked to COVID-19 to qualify as special grounds.

Decision by FI’s Board of Directors: the countercyclical buffer rate is lowered to zero

During an extraordinary meeting today, Monday, 16 March, FI’s Board of Directors decided to adopt a countercyclical buffer rate of 0 per cent in accordance with the proposal presented on Friday, 13 March 2020.

Measures to improve effectiveness of anti-money laundering supervision

“There are interesting ideas about placing parts of this supervision at the EU level. I believe that joint analytical resources and supervision methods in the long run could lead to more effective supervision, in part due to improved insight into cross-border payment flows”, asserted Erik Thedéen at the international conference Finance Summit 2020 in Paris.

FI on liquidity coverage ratios (LCR) for Swedish banks

Given the current circumstances, FI would like to clarify that it will temporarily allow banks to fall below the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) for individual currencies and total currencies.

Proposed amendment to regulations due to reduction in countercyclical buffer rate

Finansinspektionen proposes that the buffer rate be lowered by 2.5 percentage points and set at 0 per cent.

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