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FSB invites feedback on the effects of financial regulatory reforms on SME financing

Source: Financial Stability Board

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is seeking feedback from stakeholders for its evaluation of the effects of financial regulatory reforms on the provision of financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The evaluation forms part of a broader FSB examination of the effects of post-crisis reforms on financial intermediation. More details on the evaluation and a summary of the views expressed by some stakeholders can be found in the note with the key takeaways of a roundtable held by the FSB on this topic in December 2018.

As part of this evaluation, the FSB invites feedback from stakeholders including SMEs, financial institutions and trade associations on the following issues:

What have been the main trends in SME financing (i.e. types of financing, volumes, prices and maturities) since the financial crisis? How do these trends differ across jurisdictions (e.g. advanced vs emerging market economies) and sectors (e.g. high-tech vs traditional firms), as well as by firm size (micro vs small vs medium-sized firms) and age (e.g. start-ups vs mature firms)?
What have been the main drivers of the observed trends in SME financing in recent years? How do they differ across jurisdictions, sectors, size and age of firms?
Have financial regulatory reforms such as Basel III affected bank financing to SMEs (e.g. in terms of loan volumes, prices, maturities and collateralisation)? If so, how? How important have been their effects vis-à-vis other types of bank lending and compared to the main drivers identified in question 2?
How does the impact (if any) of financial regulatory reforms vary across banks operating in different geographies and with different size and business models?
What other G20 financial reforms or other domestic financial regulations (if any) may have impacted financing to SMEs and how?
Have financial reforms prompted a shift in the provision of SME financing, e.g. between banks and other financial institutions (substitution effects)? If so, how?
Are there any other issues or relevant factors that should be considered as part of the evaluation?

Feedback, including evidence in support of the responses, should be submitted by 18 March 2019 to fsb@fsb.org under the subject heading “SME financing evaluation”. Responses will be published on the FSB’s website unless respondents expressly request otherwise. The feedback will be considered by the FSB as it prepares the draft report, which will be issued for public consultation ahead of the June 2019 G20 Summit. The final report, reflecting the feedback from the public consultation, will be published in October 2019.

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