The main focus of FINMA’s work is the supervision of the financial sector. This is designed to ensure that the supervised financial institutions remain stable and successful going forward, given the possible risks they are facing. Assessing the risk position of individual supervised institutions is a critical part of FINMA’s supervisory activity. This makes its supervisory focus essentially forward-looking.
FINMA publishes a risk monitor annually. It provides an overview of what FINMA believes are the most important risks currently facing supervised institutions. Furthermore, each report will highlight one selected trend with the potential to impact on the Swiss financial market over the long term. The report will also describe the focus of FINMA’s supervisory activity on the basis of the risks. This will create additional transparency both for supervised institutions and the wider public about how FINMA fulfils its statutory responsibilities.