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 […]

Kiwibank capital flip-flop

About a fortnight ago Kiwibank announced that its formerly disqualified capital instruments now re-qualify as capital. Yay! This after a the capital disqualification event on which I wrote not so long ago. There was almost no press coverage of the re-qualification. Yes, there was NBR’s Jenny Ruth who wrote a noisy and non-informative story on the […]

Kiwibank puts its money where its mouth should be

Kiwibank’s capital cock-up took an unexpected turn this week when the bank made another extraordinary announcement. On Friday, the bank let us know that its parents will bail out the bank with an infusion of $247 million of common equity. Sheesh, I thought only Italy did bail-outs! Infusing equity capital is the last thing a […]

Free rider problems and tax bills? The Kiwibank capital cock-up

On 15 March, New Zealand Kiwibank issued two odd statements regarding their Basel III compliant (or is it compliant) capital instruments. The announcements raised the prospect of disqualification of two capital instruments: the Tier 2 convertible subordinated bond issued on 6 June 2014 (Tier 2 Bond); and the Additional Tier 1 perpetual bond issued on 27 May […]

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 […]

Basel Committee Consults on TLAC

It ain’t over till it’s over: the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision churns out new regulatory initiatives like there’s no tomorrow. Last week, the Committee issued a consultation on TLAC. The good thing is that the BCBS does consult. And the Basel TLAC consultation deserves support: it proposes to deduct TLAC holdings from regulatory capital. […]

Five years after the first Basel III coco issuance, the Netherlands “gets” CoCos.

Uh oh, Jeroen Dijsselbloem form the Netherlands got into rough water this week: Dutch newspaper NRC had a nice scoop that showed how he relied on ING word smiths for writing a tax rule that renders bank capital instruments (CoCos) tax deductible, see full freedom of information documentation here. How bad is this? End 2013, […]

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 […]

BOE’s Financial Policy Committee – split on Cocos?

Martin Taylor’s  speech, The fence and the pendulum of last week will probably achieve the same hype-status as Andrew Haldane’s The dog and the frisbee. While the latter is kind of naive in that it is hopeful of bank regulation (albeit less complex preferably), the former is anything but. Moreover, Taylor pulls no punches in lashing […]

UPDATE: The EBA’s laudable effort to tame Additional Tier 1 issuances

Today, the EBA held a public hearing on the 4 May report on AT1 issuances, see my previous post on this. Click here for the PowerPoint that the EBA prepared. Apparently no surprises. On the hot topic of Contingent Clauses, the EBA reports that it “confirms its previous reserves, and recommends disallowing contingent clauses”. A […]