XBRL News: BIS on regtech, 2021 SEC taxonomies and big data for credit

Here is our pick of the 3 most important XBRL news stories this week.

1 Leveraging technology to support supervision: challenges and collaborative solutions

Speech by Benoît Cœuré, Head of the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub, at the Peterson Institute for International Finance, Financial Statement event series, 19 August 2020.

The head of the central banks’ innovation hub discussing the challenges of supervisors and their supervised entities to migrate supervisory processes from the manufacturing to the digital paradigm – a sight to behold!

2 Draft 2021 SEC taxonomies

The draft 2021 update to the SEC taxonomies is now available at https://www.sec.gov/structureddata/draftedgartaxonomies. Please provide comments on the draft 2021 update to the SEC taxonomies via email to StructuredData@sec.gov using “Draft 2021 SEC Taxonomies” as the subject of the email no later than November 2, 2020.

The taxonomy renewal cycle is kicking off again for next year with comments by the public encouraged.

3 Big data could reduce credit collateral

Typically, when providing credit, the lender’s knowledge of the borrower will be incomplete. To counteract that information asymmetry, banks often require collateral in the form of tangible assets, like real estate. But what if Big Data could solve that information asymmetry?

As indicated in (1), the central bankers’ central bank, the BIS is conducting quality research into how the application of technology is impacting traditional finance. It doesn’t get a lot more traditional than collateral requirements for credit, which could be reduced by throwing big data at the problem.


Christian Dreyer CFA is well known in Swiss Fintech circles as an expert in XBRL and financial reporting for investors.

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