The Bank of England stress test results are out. A comprehensive report covering this exercise can be found here. The report surprised me a bit, because its repeatedly mentions the countercyclical capital buffer requirement. The BOE decided to keep at 1 percent. Hardly newsworthy, that percentage was announced a year ago. Still, the report mentions… Read More Are UK’s countercyclical capital buffers high?
Orr’s monologue on bank capital at the Financial Stability Review presentation this week was a freshening surprise. No longer the wallflower of kiwi prudential supervision, Orr elevated bank capital to the top spot of priorities. Reinforcing Orr’s FSR rant monologue, the reserve bank published a short and clear speech, announcing its position on bank capital: “… New… Read More RBNZ takes position on bank capital
Just to illustrate my previous post on NZ bank capital, the recent dashboard has shown a drop in CET1 capital ratios. The September size adjusted Net CET1 ratio was 11.35%, down from 11.43% in June. Contributing to the drop are, in particular, big banks ANZ and Westpac. Unfortunately, the recent FSR report spins the ratios: “Bank capital… Read More Updated NZ capital ratios
“You guys are little bit philosophical: the Netherlands and France are the only two countries in Europe that haven’t taken a position on capital requirements.” That was Emil from Nomura, who, in early 2012, queried me about the Dutch position on minimal capital requirements. The Swedish bank authorities had just announced that capital ratios should be… Read More Has the reserve bank become too philosophical about bank capital?
Once in a while I meet bankers and bank regulators, sometimes over a cup of coffee, sometimes over a glass of Pinot Noir. In fact, I will attend an event with RBNZ’s Adrian Orr tomorrow. He will speak at the brand new PwC centre in Wellington. When it comes to bank capital, the narrative shared… Read More When will the RBNZ admit its capital ratio definitions are bent? (And copy APRA’s plan to straighten them?)
Just the other day, the Dutch government announced plans to end the favorable tax treatment of CoCo securities. From 1 January 2019 onward, the tax deductibility of the coupon paid on Additional Tier 1 capital instruments will end.  See a Google translation of the announcement here. Such a change in tax treatment likely constitutes a Tax… Read More European Commission slaps Dutch government on the wrist: the end of AT1 coupon tax deductibility?
In a dash for more transparency, the Reserve Bank launched the Bank Financial Strength Dashboard. This is a truly innovative on-line tool for sharing prudential and financial information on New Zealand banks. The Dashboard contains more than 100 individual metrics on the financial strength of banks. The RBNZ updates the information every quarter. A world standard for bank disclosures? Compared to… Read More RBNZ launches The Dashboard: an innovation in prudential bank disclosures
In a couple of weeks’ time, at the FEBS conference in Rome, Stefan Kerbl and Zsofia Döme from the Austrian national bank (OENB), will present a paper on the comparability of Basel risk weights in the EU banking sector. The short story: according to Stefan and Zsofia there are significant differences in the ways European… Read More How questionable is the comparability of Basel risk weights in the EU banking sector?
Okay, I know this post is about a radio station in Middle Earth, but still, I hear this a lot: bank-bashing as a pastime for radio presenters. Last Tuesday, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) presented a section on our banks under the headline ‘What’s behind our banks’ huge half-year profits?’ The subject is music in the… Read More National Radio Caught Bashing Banks
On 7 March, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the European Council discussed the Presidency compromise texts of CRR 2, CRD 5, BRRD 2 and SRMR 2. If you are interested in the associated documents: Link to Presidency note Link CRD5 Presidency compromise, Procedure 2016/0364/COD Link CRR2 Presidency compromise, Procedure 2016/0360/COD Link BRRD 2 Presidency… Read More FYI some links to follow progress on EU banking regulation