Key Issues

Covid-19: Implications for international financial regulation

Paul Tucker, chair of the Systemic Risk Council and former deputy governor of the Bank of England, joins Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, to discuss the implications of coronavirus for the world economy. Since the 2008 financial crisis, much has been done to strengthen banks. But in recent years, the financial system has seen […]

SRC Statement on Financial System Actions for Covid-19

STATEMENT BY THE SYSTEMIC RISK COUNCIL ADDRESSED TO G20 FINANCE MINISTERS AND GOVERNORS ON MEASURES TO CONTAIN ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRISIS The Systemic Risk Council (SRC) makes the following statement on the response of the financial and economic authorities to the economic elements of the current pandemic health crisis.  Unlike 2007/08, this is not a […]

Systemic Risk Council Mourns Passing of Senior Advisor, Paul Volcker, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board

Washington, D.C. December 11, 2019 It is with the most enormous sadness that members of the Systemic Risk Council have heard that Paul Volcker has passed away. His contributions to public life, for the US and the world, are beyond measure. While most famous for taming inflation, Paul’s commitment to a stable financial system was […]

Systemic Risk Council Comments on the Treasury Departments June 2017 Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On September 19, 2017, the Systemic Risk Council submitted a comment letter to the United States Department of Treasury (UST) on its Report of June 2017 on possible reforms to banking-system regulation. The Council believes that “the UST Report includes a number of worthwhile technical reforms and addresses important issues that are largely incidental […]

Systemic Risk Council Letter to Chairmen of Fed and FDIC on Latest Round of Living Wills

On Tuesday, September 8, the Systemic Risk Council submitted a letter to Janet Yellen, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Martin J. Gruenberg, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, commenting on the recent release of public “living will” disclosures for 12 large financial firms in accordance with the […]

Systemic Risk Council Congratulates Federal Reserve Board on Finalizing the G-SIB Capital Surcharge

In response to today’s action by the Federal Reserve Board to unanimously approve its proposed “capital surcharge” on the nation’s largest financial institutions, Sheila Bair, chair of the Systemic Risk Council, issued the following statement: “It is gratifying to see that the Governors of the Federal Reserve Board have moved ahead with final rules imposing […]

Systemic Risk Council Letter Supports Vitter Amendment to Increase Capital Requirements for Big Banks

On May 20, the Systemic Risk Council sent a letter to Senator David Vitter (R-LA), offering strong support for his amendment to the “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015”, which would strengthen equity capital requirements applicable to the largest financial institutions. The letter states that the Council “has long supported stronger, simpler capital requirements for large, complex institutions, […]

Systemic Risk Council Letter to FSOC About Asset Management Products and Activities

On Wednesday, March 25, the Systemic Risk Council responded to a request for comment by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) about asset management products and activities. The letter states: “We commend the FSOC for undertaking a comprehensive review of the asset management industry, consistent with its statutory responsibilities to identify and address systemic risks. […]

Systemic Risk Council Supports Federal Reserve Board Proposal Of Capital Surcharge for Systemically Important U.S. Banks

On Monday, March 2, the Systemic Risk Council submitted a letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, supporting the Board’s recent proposal of a risk-based capital surcharge for U.S. bank holding companies identified as global systemically important banking organizations (G-SIBs) and calling for the proposal to be strengthened in several key […]

Systemic Risk Council Letter to Financial Stability Board About Systemically Important Banks in Resolution

On Monday, February 2, the Systemic Risk Council wrote a letter to the Financial Stability Board (FSB) about the consultative document recently issued by the FSB on the adequacy of the total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC) of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) in resolution. The letter states: “The Council has consistently supported requirements for G-SIBs to maintain robust levels […]