KPMG Regulatory Barometer: financial services industry faces growing pressures
Pressure on firms remains intense with an aggregate score of 7.2, up from 7.0 in February ‘23
Pressure on firms remains intense with an aggregate score of 7.2, up from 7.0 in February
- ESG and Sustainable Finance requirements are having the greatest regulatory impact across the sector, followed closely by Financial Resilience
- Pressure on firms remains intense with an aggregate score of 7.2, up from 7.0 in February ‘23
- This edition recognises Payments as a key regulatory theme
- EU and UK rules set for further divergence
KPMG UK today (27 September) launches the third edition of its Financial Services Regulatory Barometer, providing a biannual measure of the regulatory pressure* faced by financial services firms in the UK and EU. The latest aggregate regulatory Impact Score stands at 7.2 (out of 10), a slight increase from 7.0 in February 2023, showing no let-up in the regulatory intensity facing the industry in the UK and across the EU.
KPMG found that – for the third time running – ESG and Sustainable Finance regulations are putting the most pressure on firms (8.5 out of 10). The industry is facing regulatory scrutiny around greenwashing, new and more demanding disclosure requirements, and increasing expectations from supervisors.
The Barometer also reveals growing pressures around Financial Resilience (with a score of 8.4) as banks and insurers await final rules for Basel 4 and Solvency II, facing significant implementation challenges in the short to medium term.
Rob Smith, Head of KPMG Risk and Regulatory Advisory, comments: “Continuing economic uncertainty, including inflation and recent exits from the market has shaken the financial services industry and led to much-needed debate about what regulators could do differently.
“The unwavering focus on ESG and Sustainable Finance continues, with regulatory pressure on firms persisting as supervisors and customers increase their expectations. Closing in rapidly on the top spot, we see new and expanded requirements for financial resilience, with continuing focus on appropriate levels of capital and liquidity, and even greater emphasis on robust risk management and governance, as markets and economic conditions evolve.”
This edition sees Payments introduced as a key theme, recognising the fundamental role of payments systems in the financial services sector and the volume of regulatory developments either planned or underway here.
Philip Deeks, Head of KPMG’s Regulatory Insight Centre, says: “With cash use in decline, regulatory change will focus on creating payment systems that not only foster innovation and support vulnerable customers, but also protect consumers and firms from new frauds and scams related to digital payments. Regulators are doing this with an eye on future market opportunities and developments such as Open Banking or the introduction of new forms of digital currency.”
The UK has begun to tailor rules to a more UK-centric and principles-based style of rulemaking, while the EU has its own complex legislative agenda for financial services. The Barometer finds that, in spite of shared regulatory concerns and collaboration efforts, the detail and timing of UK and EU policy solutions are starting to diverge, increasing complexity for cross-border firms.
Michelle Adcock, Director in KPMG’s Regulatory Insight Centre adds: “Post-Brexit, the UK has begun to tailor rules to a more UK-centric and principles-based style of rulemaking, while the EU has its own complex legislative agenda for financial services. Both jurisdictions are considering the impact of regulation on competitiveness.”
Notes to editor
The full September ’23 Regulatory Barometer can be found at: Regulatory barometer - KPMG Global
Find the February ‘23 Regulatory Barometer here: Regulatory Barometer - KPMG Global
*KPMG’s analysis results in a single metric – a regulatory Impact Score – aggregated from individual theme scores. Each score is based on the volume of regulatory updates, the complexity of the underlying rules and the challenges of implementation. In addition, maturity indicators demonstrate progress made in each area of regulation, from ‘emergent’ through ‘developing’ to ‘implementing’ and ‘mature/BAU’, alongside views on where key EU:UK regulation is likely to align or diverge. Supporting data is drawn from KPMG’s Regulatory Horizon technology which scans the regulatory landscape over the past six months. This data is overlaid with expert views from the KPMG Regulatory Insight Centre.
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