The Financial Stability Board (FSB) recently published a report on the use of supervisory (SupTech) and regulatory (RegTech) technology by FSB members and regulated institutions. The report finds that technology and innovation are transforming the global financial landscape, presenting opportunities, risks and challenges for regulated institutions and authorities alike. The opportunities offered by SupTech and RegTech have been created by the substantial increase in availability and granularity of data, and new infrastructure such as cloud computing and application programming interfaces. These allow large data sets to be collected, stored and analysed more efficiently. Authorities and regulated institutions have both turned to these technologies to help them manage the increased regulatory requirements that were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.
SupTech and RegTech tools could have important benefits for financial stability. For authorities, the use of SupTech could improve oversight, surveillance and analytical capabilities, and generate real-time indicators of risk to support forward looking, judgement based, supervision and policymaking. For regulated institutions, the use of RegTech could improve compliance outcomes, enhance risk management capabilities, and generate new insights into the business for improved decision-making. For both authorities and regulated institutions, the efficiency and effectiveness gains, and possible improvement in quality arising from automation of previously manual processes, is a significant consideration.
SupTech is a strategic priority for an increasing number of authorities. Based on a survey of FSB members, the majority of respondents had a SupTech, innovation or data strategy in place, with the use of such strategies growing significantly since 2016. Authorities are also vigilant to possible risks that could arise from the use of SupTech and RegTech technologies. Survey responses indicated that the risk reported to be of greatest concern was around resourcing, followed by cyber risk, reputational risk and data quality issues. A particular risk is over-reliance on methods built on historic data, which could lead to incorrect inferences about the future, and the potential for limited transparency of SupTech and RegTech tools. Looking to the future, the potentially catalytic role of data standards and the importance of effective governance frameworks for the use of SupTech and RegTech were also emphasised.
The report includes 28 case studies giving practical examples on how SupTech and RegTech tools are being used. The report is being delivered to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors for their virtual meeting on 14 October.
Source: the Financial Stability Board (FSB)