Paper

Managing Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Financial Firms are Responding

Tracking early responses to the pandemic from the financial sector

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) continues to spread across the globe, financial firms are focused on serving clients, customers and communities and supporting the broader economy. This includes a variety of measures and activating continuity plans to safeguard operations during a period of heightened disruption.

The focus of this paper is on how the financial services industry has been responding to date to the pandemic with an emphasis on the role of business continuity plans – which include measures for possible pandemics. While it is still early to know what the eventual full impact of COVID19 will be, the financial sector is preparing for the different possible outcomes.  Regulators are currently considering operational resilience frameworks and industry guidance regarding the importance of anticipating and testing for a wide range of disruptions. The recent focus by regulators and supervisors on operational resilience is aimed at ensuring the ability of firms and the financial system as a whole to identify, detect, protect, adapt and respond to, as well as recover and learn from, operational disruptions.

The paper will also examine how firms are approaching these fast-moving developments and what specific actions firms have been taking in the past few weeks as concern around this infectious disease continues to grow.