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Marc-Andre Bechet

Luxembourg fund industry faces up to Covid-19 and Brexit challenges

Luxembourg’s large fund management industry is having to adapt to significant new challenges, ranging from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic through to Brexit. By Marc-André Bechet, director legal & tax at the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI).

Christian M. Stiefmueller

Covid-19 crisis resurrects shadow bank concerns

With the world once again in crisis, this time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, supervisory attention is turning to shadow banks for fear they might be harbouring hidden systemic risks. 

US regulators have under-estimated systemic threat from shadow banks

Regulators have underestimated the risks posed by leverage in trading books and in non-banks as well as by interconnectedness and should investigate this area once the current crisis passes, wrote a former US Treasury official.

Shadow banks' pace of growth slows substantially

Under a narrow measure, shadow banks grew their assets by 1.7% to $50tn last year, significantly slower than the 2012-17 average annual growth rate of 8.5%, said the Financial Stability Board (FSB). 

FSOC rebuked over characterisation of non-bank mortgage companies

In a rebuke of the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) characterisation of non-bank mortgage companies as a threat to financial stability, consultant Christopher Whalen wrote that their riskiness is overstated. 


Regulators still face steep learning curve on implications of bigtechs

Bigtech firms are not just a worry for incumbent banks, but are also a source of concern for regulators in terms of their impact on financial stability leading to individual supervisors to take their own approaches towards managing the risk. 

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Trade war threatens pace of China’s regulatory reforms

In the last few years, China has embarked on a concerted effort to curb the excesses of its shadow banking system, but the trade war with the US may slow or even threaten those aims. 

China plans more cash management product rules

China is apparently planning tougher rules on the pricing and fund inflows into the $2tn cash management products (CMP) industry.

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Asifma calls on China to make further asset management reforms

Asifma has laid out a series of recommendations covering regulatory clarity, taxation and guidance that it hopes the Chinese authorities will apply to the oversight of foreign asset managers

Colin Chang

Corporate leveraged loans could face more rules after FSB investigation

Global supervisors have become increasingly twitchy over potential systemic risks with corporate leveraged loans being investigated as a possible catalyst to a future global financial crisis by the Financial Stability Board