Double leverage, a regulatory tribulation

Last week, the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a consultation paper on group policy and double leverage, in which the PRA wants to limit the risks arising from excessive double leverage. The consultation paper and the associated speech by Sam Woods received some coverage, though the ECM addendum on Non-Performing Loans probably attracted more […]

Comments on RBNZ’s second capital review paper: What should qualify as bank capital?

The RBNZ wants to redefine capital. My comments are below. In short: don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good. The RBNZ runs the risk of achieving just what it does not want by going it alone. A DIY-definition of capital makes the Reserve Bank vulnerable to structuring. Moreover, the problems signalled by the Reserve […]

That feeling when you notice that EU leverage ratio requirements are at risk

This week, the EBA and BCBS published the Basel III monitoring results. They show a further improvement of European banks’ capital positions, largely fulfilling the future regulatory capital requirements, with only a very small number of banks suffering from potential capital shortfalls. I found Figure 9 of the EBA report interesting. It shows the evolution […]

Basel Committee Consults on TLAC

It ain’t over till it’s over: the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision churns out new regulatory initiatives like there’s no tomorrow. Last week, the Committee issued a consultation on TLAC. The good thing is that the BCBS does consult. And the Basel TLAC consultation deserves support: it proposes to deduct TLAC holdings from regulatory capital. […]

ECB goes soft on capital requirement harmonisation

The ECB just published their plans to harmonise Options and Discretions in the CCR available to Euro-zone banks. Initially, the ECB set promising expectations. It had identified a whopping 160 Options and Discretions, many of which were meant to be chopped. See this interview with a very confident Ignazio Angeloni some weeks ago. But the […]

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 […]

An intriguing graph in the BCBS Basel III monitoring report

Leafing through the BCBS Basel III monitoring report, I noticed this graph on page 21. It shows the interaction between the Basel III Tier 1 leverage ratio (horizontal axis) and the Tier 1 risk-weighted capital ratio (vertical axis). Ratios of Group 1 banks are marked with red dots and those of Group 2 banks with […]

Bank of America, nothing complex, it’s noblesse oblige!

What surprised me this week about the capital calculation cock-up of Bank of America Meryll Linch were the reactions of the press. The financial press responded to this gaffe by highlighting the difficulties of calculating capital. Reuters, for example wrote: “The announcement illustrates how difficult it is to determine appropriate capital levels for the biggest banks.” Capital […]

EBA and BCBS publish Basel III monitoring results

Both Basel and EBA published the mid-year 2013 Basel III monitoring results. The monitoring rounds show how banks are converging toward the Basel III end-state. EBA’s main findings show that the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio (CET1) of the largest internationally-active European banks (Group 1 banks) would be on average 9.1% compared to a ratio of 12% […]