Compliance Insights

The Regulators Are Optimising Their Use of Data. Are You?

Consider these questions: Can financial institutions manage effectively in a world where issues and breaches are known to regulators before the chief compliance officer or anyone else in the organisation even learns about them? Are Compliance departments — and the institutions they serve — prepared to keep pace with the regulators’ efforts to develop data-driven insights? Or will they find themselves continually on the defensive, struggling to react and respond to regulatory inquiries and challenges?

A key point: It was only six years ago that the term “SupTech,” or supervisory technology, was introduced and started gaining prominence in the regulatory world. However, the use of technology and data science for supervisory purposes has been evolving over decades. 

By the numbers: 71% of regulators globally report having SupTech initiatives and 50% indicate they have at least one SupTech application in operation.

Why it matters: For both the regulators and the financial services industry as a whole, the potential benefits of SupTech include increased efficiency and effectiveness of the supervisory process.

  • With that promise comes a shift away from outdated, one-size-fits-all templates and manual procedures in favor of data push and data pull approaches that make use of structured and unstructured data.
  • These approaches not only strengthen supervision, but also reduce its cost and burden.
  • SupTech also holds the promise of better customer protection.

The success or failure of Compliance teams in guiding the institution in a data-led supervisory environment will depend, first and foremost, on the quality and availability of the institution’s own data.

The bottom line: We envision a dynamic supervisory environment in which regulators respond more quickly to market and individual institution developments. Their response will be based on the availability and their interpretation of more voluminous and timely data than they have been able to collect in the past. Financial institutions that are unable to meet these regulatory data challenges will find themselves at a significant disadvantage.

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