The Council takes stock of developments in the financial system every quarter. The Council reviews a diverse data set covering lending trends, the credit institutions' financing requirements, etc. The data set is used to illustrate a number of areas that may involve systemic risks. For example, increased risk appetite or overoptimism among lenders, firms and households may result in excessive growth in lending and leverage that could reinforce an upswing and the subsequent downturn. The risk areas are described in the memo Monitoring of systemic risks. The Council focuses on the financial system as a whole rather than individual institutions – unless the institutions affect the entire system due to their size or complexity.
The Council supplements the risk review with in-depth analyses of selected topics that may affect financial stability. The Council has taken a closer look at the impact on the financial system of financial obligations between Danish financial corporations, at the increased use of collateral in the form of repo transactions etc. and at cyber-attacks as a systemic threat, among other issues.