Research

We emphasize and encourage links between academic researchers and practitioners at financial institutions to bring theoretical techniques to bear on real-world issues.

Pandemic Response

GRI  has developed a series of research papers and articles that explore various facets of the COVID-19 crisis and how it affects the economy and risks to financial sector stability.


Financial Institution Operational Resilience: Pre and Post COVID-19

Once we move through this current crisis stage, we will have to deal with transition and, then, forge a sustainable path — a path that has been referred to as the “new normal”. This research brief provides seven key guidelines for operational resilience on how to better position our financial institutions.

Regulatory Forbearance in the Age of COVID-19

Navigating the current crisis requires considerable professional judgement, which must be supported by a number of key elements, including; active stakeholder consultation, robust risk management information systems, effective governance and, importantly, guiding principles. In response to this unique challenge, financial regulators have begun to implement a wide range of special policy actions.

Bank Dividend Regulation: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has precipitated a severe global economic contraction, regulators and financial market professionals across the world have moved rapidly to prevent another financial crisis. As part of the regulatory initiatives intended to reduce the real economy impact and financial market strain, some regulators have been calling for coordinated, worldwide action to suspend all bank dividends for the foreseeable future.

Geopolitics in a Post-Pandemic World

COVID-19 sets a new precedent for the scale of a public health response and its vast economic consequences, but also poses longer-term geopolitical challenges and risks for Canadian financial services.

Global Survey of Dividend Policy During COVID-19

Regulators around the globe have been providing guidance to banks and insurance companies on how to proceed with dividends and share buybacks. It will be critical for financial institutions to achieve the appropriate balance between capital preservation for purposes of safety and soundness and the requirement to ensure they have the firepower to support their clients. There have been varied responses around the globe and we have captured them in order to help inform decision making.

GRAFT: COVID-19 Implications

The world has been at the edge of a tipping point for over a year. Spread of viral disease was the risk that toppled the market, closed businesses and borders, made remote work a norm, and unfortunately has taken an unprecedented number of lives. The interrelationship of Global Risks and Trends outlines the path that led the world to its current state, and provides a framework for identifying the implications of COVID-19, and the path forward.

COVID-19 and 3rd Party Suppliers: Questions Risk Managers Should be Asking

Given the significant and increasing reliance on outsourcing and 3rd party supplier relationships in the financial services sector, risk managers should also be evaluating potential impacts on service levels from developments relating to the COVID-19 situation. This brief covers the questions to ask of your own institution, and your 3rd party suppliers.