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French Banking Federation

The disclosure information should not be more granular as these data are very sensitive and as they could highlight to market that for instance all our assets are encumbered assets.
We believe that granularity of information should be based on relevance.
We do not believe that information on the quality of these assets should be disclosed. We see no relevant indicators to be available to allow correct assessment of the quality of the assets. Although ratings are indicators to assess credit quality, many efforts are made to limit the reliance on ratings.

We would like to highlight that disclosing any information relative to the quality of assets is very sensitive, notably for EU institutions which would be subject to such a requirement whilst institutions in other jurisdictions are currently not subject to such requirements. This might be erroneously interpreted by investors as a weakened position of EU institutions compared to institutions in other jurisdictions.
Moreover, this type of data is not required in the EBA asset encumbrance reporting, so we do not see any reason to report more information to investors than to supervisors, especially taking into account the extra operational burden to prepare these figures.
We do not believe that template A allows identification of what is pledged to a central bank.

Moreover we do not believe that information should be disclosed based on median values as it would not meet comparability and reconciliation (please refer to question 7).
We do not believe that the information on unencumbered assets drawing a distinction between available and not available assets for encumbrance is relevant for investors.
Yes we agree that it would be inappropriate to disclose information on collateral swaps with central banks because this information is too sensitive.
This analytical approach (breakdown of encumbered assets by sources of encumbrance) as proposed by this consultation is only partially relevant because of current collateral management practice of the market, including central banks. A significant portion of the collateral is managed on a global basis, through assets pools (Pool 3G Banque de France, Triparty collateral management…) and it is not always possible to report the source of encumbrance of a given security. This is why internal options would be taken by banks in order to disclose this information, which would affect comparability. From a practical point of view we recommend to disclose only the total amounts (L10).
On this matter, narrative information about collateral management would be more adequate. .
We do not understand the rationale of requiring a median value.
We believe that requiring a median value makes no sense. Such information would not be easily understandable by the investors who may wish to match those values with balance sheet figures. It would not fulfill the criterion of transparency as it would not match with the BS figures.

We favor BS figures end of period (point-in-time figure). They are less burdensome to implement, they allow comparability across institutions and they are reconcilable with financial statements point in time figures.
The EBA consultation paper states that narrative information on asset encumbrance becomes mandatory whilst the ESRB Recommendation suggests that the information should be requested on a voluntary basis;

We see no reason for the EBA request to be mandatory.

Therefore, we believe that financial institutions should provide information relating to the importance of encumbrance that may be useful to users on the sole voluntary basis.

As far as the emergency liquidity assistance by central banks information is concerned, we believe that the information is very sensitive information to be disclosed. We have not experienced the consequences of disclosing such sensitive data as far as market and investors reactions are concerned. Therefore, we believe that even narrative information should be considered deeply as regard to materiality and other compliance issues such as stock exchange regulations that might interfere.
We agree on the proposal of publishing the disclosures no later than six months after the publication of the annual financial statements.
Isabelle Huard