The presentation by the FSA last night on their consultative paper called "Stress and Scenario Testing (CP 08/24)" was a real disappointment last night. The presentation was at best average, not adding any more value than what you could get from scanning their paper. However, what was worse was the Q&A session at the end, with a variety of questions from the audience being answered by the FSA representative with "Thanks, that was a very good question and I will get back to you on it…".
The organisers (ISDA and PRMIA) had managed to get around 200 risk managers to attend which was an impressive turn-out with only standing room left as the event started. I would suggest if the FSA want more feedback from the industry it would be better if they would send someone along who is at least able to add value to the conversation. Their representative last night was doing his best but was just too junior, too inexperienced and lacked the confidence to answer questions in a meaningful manner.
Regulators are telling everyone to "raise the bar" on standards at the moment – they would find it helpful if they would apply this mantra to themselves and the people they put out as representing their views and expertise.