The European Bank Asset Quality Review, an inconvenience, but for whom?

Reuters reported  on a leaking source from the European Banking Authority who mentioned that Europe has set itself a “completely illusionary” timetable for the next round of bank health checks. An interesting Catch 22 thus ensues: adhering to a strict timetable would lead to cutting corners, thus endangering the reputations of European bank supervisors. Not-adhering… Read More The European Bank Asset Quality Review, an inconvenience, but for whom?

EBA leans against Basel III in excluding unrealized gains from Regulatory Capital

EBA yesterday published a Discussion Paper (DP) on the exclusion of unrealized gains from regulatory capital. As an advice to the European Commission it basically supports  the current European system of prudential filters – that is, only the unrealized gains part (banks will have to include unrealized losses into capital). EBA’s departure from Basel III… Read More EBA leans against Basel III in excluding unrealized gains from Regulatory Capital

ESA’s tough final Regulatory Standards on conglomerate capital are out.

This is complicated material. But … looking at Article 9 of this standard, the bar for recognition of supplementary capital looks high. Even though it applies after the entry into force of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) and only when both CRR and Solvency (2009/138/EC) apply. The requirements are stacked up high! Article 9 says basically this:  a solvency… Read More ESA’s tough final Regulatory Standards on conglomerate capital are out.

Jay! EBA publishes first final draft technical standards on own funds.

The EBA published the first final draft technical standards on own funds. Its actually a bundle that complements CRR IV, the new European regulation on capital. Haven’t had the time to digest fthe final versions, but there are four pieces, according to the EBA website: The RTS on own funds part I specify elements of… Read More Jay! EBA publishes first final draft technical standards on own funds.

Europe’s painful phase-out of old-style capital instruments

Matthew Attwood in Financial News reports on the difficulties that European banks face when replacing pre-crises capital instruments by Basel III compliant instruments. This was a small disaster waiting to happen, as Bazel III rules made it clear, pretty much from the outset, that it wanted to see the back of “old-style” instruments sooner rather than… Read More Europe’s painful phase-out of old-style capital instruments