RBI, Sebi fully geared up to safeguard intermediaries; rated better than their peers in China and the US
Geneva : India’s financial market regulatory framework got the top-most ratings from the global bodies of banking and capital market regulators, with RBI and Sebi being rated better than their peers in China and the US.
In the latest global ‘assessment study’ of the regulatory framework for financial market infrastructures across the world, only six countries, including India, have got the highest score of ‘4’ for all eight parameters on a scale of one to four.
The other five countries are Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
The ‘Rating Level 4’ means that the financial market regulators — Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) — have all regulatory measures “fully in force”. The annual assessment studies the implementation status of the international Principles for Financial Market Infrastructure (PFMIs) in various countries. These PFMIs work as global standards for the financial sector entities across the world and have been finalised by the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
IOSCO is a global grouping of capital markets regulators in different countries, including Sebi, while BIS is known as the central bank for all central banks across the world.
The study showed that Sebi and RBI have put in place all necessary regulations for the PFMIs, while they also “have a legal capacity to implement the responsibilities” outlined under these global standards.
The assessment took into account norms for central counter-parties, trade repositories, payment systems, central securities depositories and securities settlement systems. India scored top ratings on all these counts. The next update of the first-level assessments will be conducted next year.
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