Kiwibank puts its money where its mouth should be

Kiwibank’s capital cock-up took an unexpected turn this week when the bank made another extraordinary announcement. On Friday, the bank let us know that its parents will bail out the bank with an infusion of $247 million of common equity. Sheesh, I thought only Italy did bail-outs! Infusing equity capital is the last thing a […]

Free rider problems and tax bills? The Kiwibank capital cock-up

On 15 March, New Zealand Kiwibank issued two odd statements regarding their Basel III compliant (or is it compliant) capital instruments. The announcements raised the prospect of disqualification of two capital instruments: the Tier 2 convertible subordinated bond issued on 6 June 2014 (Tier 2 Bond); and the Additional Tier 1 perpetual bond issued on 27 May […]

FYI some documentation on the Leverage Ratio for EU banks

My post on EU leverage ratios yesterday attracted some comments on twitter, which may haven been triggered by misunderstandings. The CRR offers a short and clear summary of the Leverage Ratio definition in Article 429.1: “The leverage ratio shall be calculated as an institution’s capital measure divided by that institution’s total exposure measure and shall […]

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. […]

Five years after the first Basel III coco issuance, the Netherlands “gets” CoCos.

Uh oh, Jeroen Dijsselbloem form the Netherlands got into rough water this week: Dutch newspaper NRC had a nice scoop that showed how he relied on ING word smiths for writing a tax rule that renders bank capital instruments (CoCos) tax deductible, see full freedom of information documentation here. How bad is this? End 2013, […]

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 […]

BOE’s Financial Policy Committee – split on Cocos?

Martin Taylor’s  speech, The fence and the pendulum of last week will probably achieve the same hype-status as Andrew Haldane’s The dog and the frisbee. While the latter is kind of naive in that it is hopeful of bank regulation (albeit less complex preferably), the former is anything but. Moreover, Taylor pulls no punches in lashing […]

UPDATE 2: The EBA’s laudable effort to tame Additional Tier 1 issuances

This week, the EBA held a public hearing on the 4 May report on AT1 issuances, see my previous posts on this. Click here for the PowerPoint that the EBA prepared. Apparently no surprises. On the hot topic of Contingent Clauses, the EBA reports that it “confirms its previous reserves, and recommends disallowing contingent clauses”. […]

UPDATE: The EBA’s laudable effort to tame Additional Tier 1 issuances

Today, the EBA held a public hearing on the 4 May report on AT1 issuances, see my previous post on this. Click here for the PowerPoint that the EBA prepared. Apparently no surprises. On the hot topic of Contingent Clauses, the EBA reports that it “confirms its previous reserves, and recommends disallowing contingent clauses”. A […]

The EBA’s laudable effort to tame Additional Tier 1 issuances

This week, the EBA issued its preliminary report on the monitoring of Additional Tier 1 (AT1) instruments of EU. It is a great document for outsiders to obtain a feel for what these instruments are like and how they behave in their regulated habitat. For example, an important critique pertains to the complexity of these […]