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 […]

EBA offers the – wicked – prospect of standard terms and conditions for CoCos.

Today the EBA published the final version of its updated report on the monitoring of Additional Tier 1 capital instruments. Regarding the most controversial issue, the use of contingent clauses, the report recommends disallowing them in the terms and conditions of EU issuances. The output of EBA’s own funds subgroup invariantly meets the highest quality […]