The Swiss new capital requirements – why cheer?

Today Finma, the Swiss bank supervisor posted its new Leverage Ratio requirement,  see picture: Switzerland has decided to set a TLAC of 10% of total exposure for its global systemically important banks: 5% for going concern and 5% for gone concern, in line with the TLAC proposal of the FSB. Finma uses colourful language to […]

Good luck harmonising European bank capital!

Following up on my post of some days ago on Europe’s efforts to harmonise bank capital, it dawned upon me that this harmonisation plan will probably not go well. Today, Danièle Nouy confirmed there will be a consultation on ECB’s efforts to harmonise Options and National Discretions (ONDs) in the CRR. Consultation, consultation, consultation. Mind […]

Re-post from March 27, 2014: ABN AMRO, direct issuance, and CRD IV

This week, the government of the Netherlands will decide about floating ABN Amro. This after a perilous and turbulent recent past. Apparently, the float will be compromised: a management-friendly foundation will be the new owner. That foundation then will issue certificates to investors. This protects ABN Amro against a hostile take-over. The structure raises two […]

EBA and ECB living living together in harmony?

Last week, the EBA and the ECB published some thoughts on next steps in bank supervision. These did not attract a lot of media attention. However, in light of changes to come, I thought it be interesting to take a closer look. With Basel III in force in Europe through CRD IV, CRR and BRRD, […]

The language of Capital and Equity

Frances Coppola this week posted on her blog an explanation of Capital, liquidity and the countercyclical buffer, in plain English. Frances posted because of Caroline Binham’s use of language in a Financial Times article. Caroline, according to Frances, is wrong. So wrong even that she takes it out on Caroline, blaming her for not being […]

In defence of bank DTAs

Over the last weeks, the issue of bank Deferred Tax Assets (DTAs) came up again. What does not really help ending this story is the confusion on the subject of DTAs. Let me make a stab in trying to end the DTA confusion. Here are some snippets that from various news sources that I gathered. […]