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Post-market infrastructures and financial stability


  • Hervo, F.
  • Ros, T.


Post-market infrastructures execute critical functions — clearing and delivery versus payment — for the performance of trades in financial assets. This makes them potential vectors for destabilisation of the financial system in the event of malfunctions. Their impact on systemic risk warrants the supervisory and oversight authorities' concern for analysing the various risks that such infrastructures may incur and the efforts to establish a comprehensive set of recommendations for mitigating these risks. This objective has now been achieved with the publication of the CPSS/IOSCO recommendations in November 2001. These recommendations are intended to be universal in scope. In addition to setting adequate standards, the relevant authorities, and central banks in particular, have extended the scope of their responsibility in the field of maintaining financial stability by including the oversight of post-market infrastructures. The statutes of the Banque de France have recently been amended in such terms. Securities clearing and settlement infrastructures are changing rapidly both in Europe, where consolidation and sweeping rationalisation are taking place, and on the wider international scene. Users expect greater functional integration of infrastructures, which should contribute to the expansion of low-cost cross-border transactions and greater efficiency in securities processing. These changes have prompted the relevant authorities to co-operate more closely in the regulation, prudential supervision and oversight of the cross-border infrastructures being developed in Europe. With the development of pan-European infrastructures in the Paris financial markets, the Banque de France has played a very active role in enhancing co-ordinated oversight in conjunction with the other relevant national authorities.

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  • Hervo, F. & Ros, T., 2002. "Post-market infrastructures and financial stability," Financial Stability Review, Banque de France, issue 1, pages 117-129, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bfr:fisrev:2002:1:5

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