23 Dec SIFI Designation
SIFI DESIGNATION FOR NON-BANK FINANCIAL COMPANIES (NFC)
A veritable pot of alphabet soup was put together by the FSOC to handle the task of designating nonfinancial companies as SIFIs. Eight regulators: OCC, FDIC, CFPB, FHFA, FRB, NCUA, CFTC & SEC, one independent member with insurance “expertise” and five non-voting members.
The process is split into a three-stage evaluation process that applies specific thresholds based on ten criteria. The ten criteria have been incorporated into six categories:
5) Liquidity Risk & Maturity Mismatch
6) Existing Regulatory Scrutiny
Following consideration after stages 1 & 2, the institution is sent a notice of consideration and allowed to submit materials detailing its view of the designation “not less” than 30 days thereafter.
After this precisely dated process, during which the FSOC can be moving forward requesting documents for Stage 3, a decision is made.
While change is rarely embraced, mandates are accepted begrudgingly. Even more so when the examined institution doesn’t feel the authoritative body has viewed all available alternatives.
Read the blog entry, “The Difference Between Banks and Insurance Companies” for the differences between banks and insurance cos.