Centre for Finance and Development

IMF Assessment of the Swiss Financial Sector

Paul Mathieu, Mission Chief, Switzerland 2019 FSAP, Advisor, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF, and Graduate Institute Alumnus
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Auditorium Ivan Pictet B

As part of the CFD-IFIs Series, Paul Mathieu, Mission Chief, Switzerland 2019 FSAP, and Advisor, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF, will present the outreach of the IMF Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) for Switzerland, with a key focus on financial stability aspects, supervision of the banking system and resolution/safety net issues.

FSAPs provide a ‘deep dive’ analysis of a country's financial sector, to gauge its stability risks and soundness. Switzerland is one of 29 countries that have systemically important financial sectors that are subject to a mandatory FSAP every five years.


The IMF's recent analysis of the Swiss financial sector—conducted under the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP)—found that the largest Swiss financial institutions are well capitalized and could withstand the severe shocks applied in stress-test scenarios, but macrofinancial vulnerabilities are deepening.  

The FSAP’s main recommendations centered around three key topics: 

1.    Expand the macroprudential toolkit with both supply- and demand-side tools, supported by decision-making that is more agile, with greater expectations that action will be taken; 

2.   Strengthen the governance, autonomy, and resources of the supervisor (FINMA) and allow it to directly contract for outsourced supervisory audits; and 

3.    Reform the financial safety net to secure a fully-funded public deposit insurance agency and improve banks’ recovery and resolvability. 


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