Bank of England's Carney sees systemic risks as fintech booms

January 25, 2017 11:30 AM

The fast-growing financial technology sector presents potentially major "systemic risks" that need to be addressed by bank regulators around the world, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a conference at Germany's central bank, Carney said financial innovation could reduce costs and improve efficiency. But it could also pose risks to the stability of bank funding, credit quality and even the broader economy.

Carney said authorities had to focus more intensely on regulation and prudential requirements and ensure a "more disciplined management of operational and cyber risks".

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), which pools bank regulators from around the world, is assessing how suitable existing rules are for addressing fintech risks and would report its findings to Group of 20 leaders in July, Carney said.

"The challenge for policymakers is to ensure that fintech develops in a way that maximizes the opportunities and minimizes the risks for society," Carney said in his speech.

"After all, the history of financial innovation is littered with examples that led to early booms, growing unintended consequences, and eventual busts." 

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