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 […]

And BOE follows with details of UK stress test

Shortly after EBA, the  BOE published its own stress test definition. From the announcement: “A key threshold for the UK variant test will be set at 4.5% of Risk Weighted Assets (RWAs), to be met with Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital in the stress – using a CRD IV end-point definition of CET1 in line […]

Jay! The ECB’s AQR manual is out

The European Central Bank (ECB) published a detailed manual providing guidelines for authorities and their third-party supporters in carrying out on-site inspection aimed at checking the quality of the biggest banks’ assets in the bloc. Click here for the manual. Or here if the first link does not work. Click here for the Comprehensive Assessment […]

EBA announces key features of the 2014 EU-wide Stress Test

With no analysis from my own yet: The European Banking Authority (EBA) announced today the key components of the forthcoming 2014 EU-wide stress test that will be conducted on a wide sample of EU banks. The objective of the EU-wide stress tests is to help supervisors assess the resilience of financial institutions in the European […]

Cetier posts a critical note on capital shortfall research.

My post “The Greatest Hoax on European Bank Capital Shortfalls ever?”, a pastiche on a similarly titled paper by researchers Viral Acharya and Sascha Steffen just appeared on Pieria. Capital shortfall papers, with such a wide range of results are a reason to worry about the correct definition of solvency, or the lack thereof.

Do Regulatory Bank Capital Adjustments actually work?

This recent social science research network paper (A primer on regulatory bank capital adjustments) examines regulatory adjustments. These are adjustments that banks apply to book equity to calculate Tier 1 regulatory capital. The paper, relying on U.S. data, documents a decreasing relation between regulatory adjustments and bank solvency. Specifically, low solvency banks benefit from regulatory […]

The Ecofin statement on how to deal with banks going forward

The Ecofin statement from last Friday (November 15, 2013) is here.

Jay! EBA publishes standards on NPL, Forbearance, and AQR

The European Banking Authority (EBA) released today its final technical standards on supervisory reporting on Non-Performing Exposures and Forbearance, which will provide consistent indicators of asset quality of banks across the European Union. The EBA also issued recommendations on asset quality reviews (AQRs) aimed at supporting existing and/or planned reviews across the EU. See link […]