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A SIFI (Systemically Important Financial Institution) is a financial institution considered sufficiently large, complex and interconnected that – should it experience serious financial issues – could cause significant damage to other financial institutions and the global financial system.
1:42 (Part 2 of 14)
Central bankers, regulators and other senior policy makers decide which institutions receive a SIFI designation. In the U.S., approximately 130 institutions have received SIFI designation. Some 28 global banks have been tentatively identified as GSIBs – Global Systemically Important Banks.
4:54 (Part 3 of 14)
SIFIs will be subject to more rigorous financial regulations, including stricter capital controls, intended to avert financial defaults and systemic failures. Some banks on the borderline of SIFI status – about $50 billion in assets – may opt to hold their assets below the line in order to avoid the extra regulation that comes with a SIFI designation. Many of the intended regulatory mechanisms are not yet clearly defined.
2:27 (Part 4 of 14)
Given that regulatory guidance is being developed by global regulators and policy makers to ensure the stability of global financial institutions but ultimately will be implemented at the national level, there are concerns about these standards being realized in a consistent way from one jurisdiction to another. “Banks grow globally and they die on a national basis,” says Ernst & Young’s Bill Schlich. “When they die is when … the rules that each different country imposes become very important.”
4:35 (Part 6 of 14)
In addition to stricter capital requirements, SIFIs will have to manage risk-weighted assets. The dilemma for regulators is how much discretion to allow banks in assigning different levels of risk to their assets. There also is some tension between banks and different geographies, such as the U.S. and Europe, in terms of whether they are risk-weighting their assets in the same way.
4:52 (Part 8 of 14)
Many observers see the SIFI designation process as an improvement over how risks were governed in the past. Ideally, a fully functioning SIFI regime would provide a seamless regulatory process across borders. But variations in how different jurisdictions might handle an actual crisis mean that much uncertainty remains.
51:28 (Full Video)
The global financial crash has set off a raft of new financial regulation at the local and international levels. One particularly notable development is the move to identify the largest global banks – those capable of causing the most damage to the global financial system should things go wrong – and then to tailor risk-reducing regulations for them. The new rules for these Systemically Important Financial Institutions – or SIFIs — set more stringent capital and liquidity requirements that are causing the largest global banks to restructure their businesses in important ways.