Technical Capabilities Necessary for Regulation of Systemic Financial Risk

Summary of a Workshop

Robert F. Engle, New York University

Scott T. Weidman, National Research Council




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Technical Capabilities Necessary for Regulation of Systemic Financial Risk Summary of a Workshop Robert F. Engle, New York University Scott T. Weidman, National Research Council Rapporteurs

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Acknowledgments Sincere appreciation is extended to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for sponsoring the workshop that is summarized in this report and the preparation of this document. This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Christine Cumming, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Darrell Duffie, Stanford University, Andrew Haldane, Bank of England, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Northwestern University, David Rowe, SunGard, Charles Taylor, The Pew Charitable Trusts. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Peter Bickel of the University of California at Berkeley. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the institution. v

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Contents 1 INTRODUCTION AND MAJOR OUTCOMES OF THE WORKSHOP 1 Goals of the Workshop, 1 Some Underlying Observations, 1 Major Points for Policy Makers, 2 2 MAJOR THEMES OF THE WORKSHOP DISCUSSIONS 4 Need for a Common Language for All Securities and Financial Contracts, 4 Data Needed for the Regulation of Systemic Financial Risk, 5 Some Signals That a Systemic Regulator Might Monitor, 7 Monitoring Networks of Counterparty Risks and Exposures, 8 Regulators Need New Analysis Tools, 10 Privacy and Other Issues That Limit the Regulatory Use of Data Already Collected, 10 Which Data Should Be Public Information? 11 The Need for Stronger Training in Financial Risk Management, 12 Incorporating an Understanding of Human Behavior into Systemic Risk Regulation, 12 3 OBSERVATIONS FROM THE WORKSHOP’S KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS 14 APPENDIXES A Letter from Senator Jack Reed to Ralph Cicerone, National Academy of Sciences President 17 B Workshop Participants 20 vii

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