North America

February 21, 2021

FINTRAC updates its guidance on politically exposed persons

FINTRAC has updated its guidance on politically exposed persons and heads of international organizations, ongoing monitoring and business relationships.   Further details are available here.   Photo Credit: Pixabay  
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February 16, 2021

Bank of Canada researches digital currency options

The Bank of Canada (Bank) is researching potential system designs and business models for a digital currency.   In 2020, the Bank engaged three independent project teams to conduct exploratory design work.  All three design proposals, coming from the University of Calgary, McGill University, and the University of Toronto and
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February 10, 2021

LIBOR Transition: US regulator publishes a self-assessment tool for banks

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a bulletin that provides a self-assessment tool for banks to evaluate their preparedness for the expected cessation of the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR).   The OCC indicates the tool can be used to assess the appropriateness of a
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January 30, 2021

OSFI: Assessment of regulatory capital models

OSFI has published a document on capital models assessment.  The document outlines key principles and processes OSFI applies for assessing internal models financial institutions intend to use for regulatory capital purposes (capital models).    The capital models relate to the measurement of credit, market and counterparty credit risk for the
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January 28, 2021

Managing climate-related risks in Canada

Earlier today, Ben Gully, Assistant Superintendent (Regulation Sector) OSFI spoke to the work the prudential regulator is doing to create the basis for sound prudential decisions on climate-related risks.   In his remarks, the Assistant Superintendent noted OSFI focus as being the prudential impact of climate change in terms of
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