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-BOE FPC: UK Banks Can Withstand Shock Of Cliff-Edge Brexit 
     By David Robinson and Jai Lakhani 
     LONDON (MNI) - The Bank of England Financial Policy Committee (FPC) 
has warned that time is running out for the European Union to act to 
prevent the disruption of financial services in the event of a 
cliff-edge Brexit. 
     -The FPC said it was too late in the day for companies acting on 
their own to avoid disruption of cross-border financial services. The UK 
government has created a temporary permissions regime, allowing EU 
finance firms to carry on as normal here, but there has been no 
reciprocal action.
     With the March 2019 date for Brexit looming, the FPC is still 
reduced to publicly urging the EU to act - highlighting the 
battle it has faced in making progress in private.
     -Clearing houses which do not have permission from the EU to 
service existing derivative contracts run the risk of acting illegally 
if they continued to do so post a cliff-edge Brexit. Of the stg69 
trillion  cleared derivative contracts, stg40 trn have maturity dates 
after the Brexit deadline. 
     -The story is mirrored in the insurance market. The temporary 
permissions regime allows UK agents using EU insurers to have their 
claims serviced in the UK. However, the EU has offered no such 
reciprocal arrangement, leaving insurers to manage their own risk. 
     -Absent Brexit, the FPC said that financial stability risks were 
standard. The FPC however highlighted a couple of areas of concern: 
increased lending to highly indebted businesses and growth in high 
loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages. 
     -The FPC noted strong risk appetite globally as part of a 
search for yield. This has been mirrored by UK banks lending to highly 
indebted businesses (Debt/EBITDA of greater than 4). 
     The new stock of 2018 corporate lending is anticipated to 
reach stg31 bn, of which around a third will come from the UK 
banking sector. Consequently, corporate credit is anticipated to reach a 
record high in 2018.    
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