Press release 30 June 2015 – 11/2015

Macroprudential decision: FIN-FSA does not impose countercyclical capital buffer requirement on banks

​The Board of the Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) today decided not to impose a countercyclical capital buffer requirement on banks, nor to otherwise tighten macroprudential policy that affects credit cycles.

‘On the basis of an overall assessment, the credit markets are not overheated, and therefore it has not been considered appropriate to adopt a countercyclical capital buffer requirement or other macroprudential instruments for containing credit cycles,´ says Pentti Hakkarainen, Chairman of the FIN-FSA Board.

The Board of FIN-FSA made its decision upon a proposal by the Director General of FIN-FSA after consultation with the Bank of Finland, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. All the parties involved were unanimously behind the decision. In accordance with the regulations governing the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the European Central Bank was notified of the decision and offered no objections to the decision in the regulated advance consultation.

For further information, please contact

  • Pentti Hakkarainen, Chairman of the Board of the Financial Supervisory Authority, tel. +358 10 831 2002.

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