by Mark O'Byrne, Gold Core: – Bank of England warn that “bigger systemic risk” now than in 2008 – BOE, Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) concerns re financial system – Banks accused of “balance sheet trickery” -undermining spirit of post-08 rules – EU & UK corporate bond markets may be bigger source of instability than ’08 – Credit card debt and car loan surge could cause another financial crisis – PRA warn banks returning to similar practices to those that sparked 08 crisis – ‘Conscious that corporate memories can be shed surprisingly fast’ warns PRA Chair
Stark warnings have been issued by the Bank of England and its regulatory arm, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).
In less than one week the two bodies issued papers and speeches to warn industry members that many banks are showing signs of making the same mistakes that led to the 2008 financial crisis – the outcomes of which are predicted to be worse than those seen just nine years ago.
Increased risks have been noted at different ends of the financial system, from the European corporate bond markets right through to retail lenders.
The Bank of England’s ‘Stimulating Stress Across the Financial System’ was released last week. It looks at how it will assess risk in future studies on the European corporate bond market. It concludes that the corporate bond market could create more instability during the next financial shock than it did in the crisis of 2008.
Just two days before this stark warning, the PRA’s chief-executive Sam Woods told lenders that they were on thin ice with their innovations designed to reduce their capital requirements and buoy earnings. Woods said that whilst their innovations “might meet the letter of the regulation” they must not be “designed to circumvent the spirit” of banking rules.
Bank of England’s Woods accused banks of engaging balance sheet trickery to “circumvent the spirit” of post-financial crisis rules.