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Climate change is a threat to US financial stability

Climate change is a threat to US financial stability.
Climate change is a threat to US financial stability.
Written by Harry Johnson

Financial Stability Oversight Council identifies climate change as an emerging and increasing threat to financial stability of the United States.

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  • Financial Stability Oversight Council releases report and recommendations on climate-related financial risk.
  • Climate change is an emerging and increasing threat to America’s financial system that requires action.
  • FSOC’s report and recommendations represent an important first step towards making our financial system more resilient to the threat of climate change.

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) has released a new report in response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14030, Climate-related Financial Risk. For the first time, FSOC has identified climate change as an emerging and increasing threat to U.S. financial stability.

The report and accompanying recommendations demonstrate FSOC’s commitment to building on and accelerating existing efforts on climate change through concrete recommendations for member agencies to:

  • Assess climate-related financial risks to financial stability, including through scenario analysis, and evaluate the need for new or revised regulations or supervisory guidance to account for climate-related financial risks;
  • Enhance climate-related disclosures to give investors and market participants the information they need to make informed decisions, which will also help regulators and financial institutions assess and manage climate-related risks;
  • Enhance actionable climate-related data to allow better risk measurement by regulators and in the private sector; and
  • Build capacity and expertise to ensure that climate-related financial risks are identified and managed.

Climate change is an emerging and increasing threat to America’s financial system that requires action,” Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen said. “FSOC’s report and recommendations represent an important first step towards making our financial system more resilient to the threat of climate change.  These measures will support the Administration’s urgent, whole-of-government effort on climate change and help the financial system support an orderly, economy-wide transition toward the goal of net-zero emissions.”

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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  • In a report ordered by President Joe Biden, the Financial Stability Oversight Council urged market participants, public companies, and regulators to develop . By themselves, climate-related economic or financial risks need not affect financial stability; the economy can experience a decline in output.