International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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This paper presents the Financial System Stability Assessment Report on the Isle of Man (IOM). Financial sector regulation and supervision are generally of a high standard, and supervisory efforts are concentrated in those areas most relevant to the activities of financial institutions on the IOM. The Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) faces a conundrum because the major banks are subsidiaries of large international financial groups, to which they provide financing. The FSC is reconsidering to balance prudential requirements for liquidity and exposure to related parties against business needs that entail high exposures to the parent.
This assessment of the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision has been completed as part of the IMF Offshore Financial Center (OFC) assessment program. First, the assessment benchmarks the current state of banking supervision, recognizing that there have been extensive changes in the last few years. Second, it suggests a number of further improvements or changes. Thus, this report provides a key input for the development of an action plan to move toward full compliance with the Core Principles.
This paper presents a Detailed Assessment of the Isle of Man’s (IOM) Observance of the Basel Core Principles for the Effective Banking Supervision Report. The recent global financial markets turmoil has had a significant impact on the Manx financial system. The IOM has a deposit protection scheme, which has been amended shortly after the time of the assessment. The Financial Supervision Commission has adequate powers to ensure compliance with its regulations and other orders, and it uses these powers when the occasion demands.
The financial regulatory and supervisory system of the Isle of Man complies well with the assessed international standards. Volume I of this report provides an overview and summary findings. Volume II provides the detailed findings of the assessments of compliance with the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision (BCP); the Insurance Core Principles of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS); and the Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
This paper reviews key findings of the detailed assessment of the Observance of Standards and Codes in the Financial Sector of the Cayman Islands. Banks in the Cayman Islands operate within a well-defined prudential regulatory framework, generally in accordance with Basel standards, that is, largely modeled after the framework currently in use in the United Kingdom. The two-tiered required minimum risk capital standards are significantly above those required by the Basel Capital Accord and are applied in practice based primarily on the perceived differences in risk related to bank ownership.
Jersey has put in place a comprehensive and robust Antimoney Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) legal framework with a high level of compliance with almost all aspects of the Financial Action Task Force recommendations. The paper discusses a Detailed Assessment of Observance of AML/CFT report on Jersey. Both money laundering and financing of terrorism are criminalized largely in line with the international standard, and Jersey has implemented the provisions effectively.
This technical note presents stress testing of banking and insurance on the Isle of Man (IOM). The stress tests for the IOM Financial Sector Assessment Program Update have been designed to yield as comprehensive and detailed a picture as possible within the constraints of the approach and available data. Stress tests have been performed both by individual institutions based on the parameters and scenarios agreed between the authorities and IMF staff, and, at an aggregate level and in many instances, by the authorities themselves.
In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.
Jersey’s macroeconomic performance is generally satisfactory. Unemployment is low, and the trend growth rate and inflation have been satisfactorily examined. A Detailed Assessment of the Observance of the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision Report on Jersey was also done. The legal system, which is broadly based on common law with French and Norman elements, is highly developed. The authorities have substantially adequate powers to direct, intervene in, and close a troubled financial institution.