On March 7, 2016, US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg discussed the improved financial condition of US banks, supervisory challenges that the FDIC is focused on, and developments in cross-border cooperation with respect to the resolution of systemically important financial institutions. Chairman Gruenberg noted the overall increase in FDICinsured institutions’ earnings in 2015 and that 2015 saw the fewest bank failures since before the financial crisis. Supervisory challenges that the FDIC and other banking supervisors are focused on for 2016 include interest rate risk, credit risk, including lending in higher risk categories and exposure to energy producers, and cybersecurity.

With respect to resolution plans, Chairman Gruenberg noted that the 2015 plans submitted by the wave 1 filers in July 2015 are currently under review by the FDIC and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Moreover, he noted that the FDIC has worked closely with other major financial jurisdictions including the UK, EU, Switzerland and Japan, to understand how cross-border resolution of a large systemically important financial institution would unfold. Specifically, the FDIC is working with the new Single Resolution Board and is part of a joint working group with the European Commission that works bilaterally to focus on resolution and deposit insurance issues. Additionally, cross-border crisis management groups have been formed for each of the global systemically important financial institutions. Finally, Chairman Gruenberg noted the revised ISDA resolution stay protocol and the total loss absorbing capacity standards issued by the Financial Stability Board and proposed by the Federal Reserve as examples of how cross-border cooperation is improving resolution capabilities.

Chairman Gruenberg’s speech is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/speeches/spmar0716.html