Last week, the three European financial regulators warned financial institutions that they should tread carefully when it comes to marketing CoCos: capital securities that may convert or be written off when a bank gets into trouble. The warning may have been prompted by the failure of UK’s Co-operative bank or Dutch bank SNS. These failures bailed-in… Read More Caveat emptor? We should probably do more than tell banks how to sell CoCos.
Good to see Canada responding to the Group of 20 (G-20) initiative made in the wake of the recent global financial crisis. Yesterday Finance Minister Joe Oliver launched a public consultation on bail-in for Canada’s domestic systemically important banks. Canada joins the jurisdictions that have incorporated bail powers into their resolution regimes, e.g. Denmark, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and… Read More Canada moves into bail-in territory
Cetier is happy today, knowing that the three EU financial market regulators read his post on Convertible Capital (CoCo hurdles). They read it many times and concluded he was right. Or maybe they read the post on Matt Kimball’s site, or the post on Pieria. Whichever post they read, they all originated from my keyboard,… Read More Told you so! EU regulators warn against selling coco’s to retail investors.
This week, the Bank of England offered two highly readable publications, each for a different reason. The Financial Policy Committee launched a consultation on the design of a leverage ratio framework for the UK. This is a very insightful release, even though the consultation period is a tad short: The FPC consultation will close on 14… Read More BOE, the Leverage Ratio, and Capital.
The Ecofin statement from last Friday (November 15, 2013) is here.
I updated this post, as discussions on the leverage ratio still suffer from a poor understanding of this solvency measure. See my post on this odd proposal by three Dutch professors, who basically want to turn back time to the Basel II (not III) era, and allow banks to borrow money to increase their capital… Read More Leverage Ratio Eye-openers, updated
Shortly after my posting, Deutsche announced it would not call its perpetual bond, reports Reuters. One rationale for not calling could be that the bond would still be useful as bailinable debt. An interesting trade-off has been made in favor of keeping old-style instruments over new, Bazel III-compliant, instruments. One could argue that a choice… Read More Update on Deutsche
Miles Kimball’s Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal mentions my post on Convertible Capital instruments. Note the apt picture! Update: Pieria also features the repost of Miles.
I added the NZ Open Bank Resolution framework to my list of links, on the left. This in light of the CoCo discussion on my blog. For ease of use, see below: NZ Recovery and Resolution A primer on Open Bank Resolution Open Bank Resolution Open Bank Resolution (OBR) policy – Q&A EU Recovery and Resolution… Read More Some housekeeping on CoCo’s