Standard Chartered fined $61.5 m for misreporting liquidity position
Logo of Standard Chartered on a building in Shanghai, China, October 17, 2020. /CFP

Logo of Standard Chartered on a building in Shanghai, China, October 17, 2020. /CFP

The Bank of England said on Monday it was fining Standard Chartered 46.55 million pounds ($61.51 million) for misreporting its liquidity position to the regulator and for failings in its controls.

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) said the fine related to when the regulator was concerned from late 2017 about a "heightened risk" of U.S. dollar outflows from Standard Chartered and had placed additional liquidity requirements on the bank.

The fine is the highest ever imposed by the PRA in a case where it was the sole enforcer, it said in a statement.

The PRA said Standard Chartered made five errors reporting its liquidity metric between March 2018 and May 2019, meaning the regulator did not have a reliable overview of the bank's liquidity position.

Regulators monitor banks' liquidity positions to ensure they have enough cash or cash-like assets if they suddenly face a large number of withdrawal requests.

"We expect firms to notify us promptly of any material issues with their regulatory reporting, which Standard Chartered failed to do in this case," PRA chief executive Sam Woods said.

Standard Chartered said it accepted the PRA's findings.

"These errors did not affect Standard Chartered's overall liquidity position, which remained in surplus throughout the period," it said in a statement.

"Standard Chartered ... has made significant improvements to and substantial investment in its liquidity and regulatory reporting processes and controls and remains committed to accurate regulatory reporting," the bank said.

Source(s): Reuters

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