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 […]

Results of EU consultation on bank financing are out

Following up on an earlier post, the EC now published the answers on its consultation on long term finance. Thought the topic is hot, only 87 responses were submitted*, of which only two by academics. One by Martin Hellwig, the other by Martien Lubberink. The low public participation by academics is depressing, given that they called […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The European Commission consults on CRR and CRD IV and on bank financing

Just before the summer break, the EC published a consultation on the effects of higher bank capital requirements under the CRR. Time to pay back! This is an important consultation, as generally only interested parties (banks) contribute. Unfortunately, in particular academics stay away from these consultations. This is depressing. Given that European academics seldom work for private […]

Greek Banks and Article 92 CRR

Silvia Merler published a great post on the solvency of Greek banks. Though she focuses on CET1 ratios, I just realised that Article 92 of the CRR requires this: 1.   Subject to Articles 93 and 94, institutions shall at all times satisfy the following own funds requirements: (a) a Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio […]

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 […]

Jay, the EBA and BCBS Basel III monitoring results are out

The EBA and the Basel committee just published the Basel III monitoring results. Click here to view the results of the EBA monitoring exercise. Click here to view the results of the BCBS monitoring exercise. Best is to describe the results using graphs, in this case from the EBA report. Note, these are results of […]

Australia’s Financial System Inquiry Final Report

Here is the final report, the Murray Report on Australian banks. Not so long ago Australia was the poster-boy of prudent banking. Unfortunately, this is not the case any longer. Ozzy banks need more resilient capital. Without further ado, please read. I will do too.