Basel Committee publishes report on 2023 banking turmoil

  • Basel Committee publishes report on the 2023 banking turmoil
  • Agrees to consult on disclosure frameworks for climate-related financial risks and banks’ cryptoasset exposures
  • Approves 2023 assessment exercise for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs)

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision met on 4–5 October in Basel to take stock of recent market developments and risks to the global banking system, and to discuss a range of policy and supervisory initiatives.

Risks and vulnerabilities to the global banking system

The Committee discussed the outlook for the global banking system in the light of recent economic and financial market developments. While higher rates can support banks’ net interest margins and related income, they can also expose vulnerabilities that have built up during the low-for-long era. These include risks stemming from potential credit losses related to rising debt service ratios for borrowers and the interest rate sensitivity of bank depositors. In addition, banks are exposed to the NBFI sector through a wide range of channels. Banks and supervisors need to stay vigilant to the evolving outlook, which includes safeguarding operational resilience. In this regard, the Committee will publish a supervisory newsletter in due course on the adoption of the Committee’s Principles for operational resilience and the revised Principles for the sound management of operational risk.

2023 banking turmoil

The March 2023 banking turmoil was the most significant system-wide banking stress since the Great Financial Crisis in terms of its scale and scope. In response, the Committee is today publishing a report that assesses the causes of the turmoil, the regulatory and supervisory responses, and the initial lessons learnt.

Drawing on the findings of this report, the Committee is pursuing a series of follow-up initiatives, including:

  • prioritizing work to strengthen supervisory effectiveness and identify issues that could merit additional guidance at a global level; and
  • pursuing additional follow-up analytical work based on empirical evidence to assess whether specific features of the Basel Framework performed as intended during the turmoil, such as liquidity risk and interest rate risk in the banking book, and assessing the need to explore policy options over the medium term.

Global systemically important banks

The Committee approved the results of the annual assessment exercise for G-SIBs. The results will be submitted to the Financial Stability Board before it publishes the 2023 list of G-SIBs.

Climate-related financial risks

The Committee agreed to consult on a Pillar 3 disclosure framework for bank exposures to climate-related financial risks. The Committee will publish a consultation paper on the proposed framework by November.

Crypto assets

The Committee agreed to consult on a set of disclosure requirements related to banks’ crypto asset exposures. These disclosures would complement the prudential standard for such exposures that was published in December 2022. The consultation paper will be published soon.

Digitalization of finance

Advances in digitalization and financial technology continue to affect the financial system, including the provision of banking services. Members exchanged views about several trends in this area, including the provision of banking services through non-bank intermediaries (Banking as a Service). By the middle of next year, the Committee will publish a report on developments in the digitalization of finance and their implications for banks and supervisors.


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