Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Reserve Bank Responds to Lessons of the GFC

Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Reserve Bank Responds to Lessons of the GFC

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3 May 2012

The Reserve Bank is introducing a number of prudential policy changes, based on lessons from the global financial crisis (GFC), in order to further strengthen the New Zealand financial system.

This was the message of a speech delivered today by Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Grant Spencer, to the Financial Institutions of New Zealand 2012 Remuneration Forum in Auckland.

Mr Spencer identified three key prudential policy lessons from the GFC. The first was that financial institutions are more vulnerable than previously thought to "contagion effects" from financial shocks, due to the likelihood of liquidity contraction.

"In response, we have 'upped the game' on bank liquidity requirements, including the Core Funding Ratio (CFR). We are about to do the same with capital requirements under the new 'Basel III' framework," he said.

Mr Spencer confirmed the Bank's intention to increase the CFR from 70 to 75 percent in January 2013.

The second lesson was the importance of the credit cycle as a driver of financial system risk. In response, macro-prudential policies, aimed at limiting the build up of risk during credit booms, are being developed both here and internationally, Mr Spencer said. …

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