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… Read More An intriguing graph in the BCBS Basel III monitoring report
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… Read More Jay, the EBA and BCBS Basel III monitoring results are out
Here is the Basel III RCAP report. On first sight, it looks bad: “In view of this, the prudential regulatory framework in the EU and the nine Member States was evaluated to be materially non-compliant with the minimum standards prescribed under the Basel framework.” However, how bad is it? Having skimmed trough the report with… Read More Basel’s damning report about EU’s definition of bank capital
Same for the ECB data, the source data looks fancy, but here is one file with pivots and matching LEI-codes, so you can match with the EBA data.
Today the Wall Street Journal reported on an alleged loophole in EU bank capital rules. The loophole pertains to deferred tax assets (DTAs), a regulatory area where tax rules and accounting rules meet. Apparently some countries exploit a DTA loophole: Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Uh oh, these countries, the usual suspects. There is something really wrong here.… Read More The Italian DTAs
Pipped to the post by EBA, now Basel offers a new look on bank disclosures, see the Review of the Pillar 3 disclosure requirements. I shall comment later, but please do not let me put you off from commenting: Disclosure rules offer a means of compelling banks to be more transparent. The deadline for comments is September… Read More Jay! Basel offers new ideas on disclosures – consultation paper
What surprised me this week about the capital calculation cock-up of Bank of America Meryll Linch were the reactions of the press. The financial press responded to this gaffe by highlighting the difficulties of calculating capital. Reuters, for example wrote: “The announcement illustrates how difficult it is to determine appropriate capital levels for the biggest banks.” Capital… Read More Bank of America, nothing complex, it’s noblesse oblige!
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… Read More And BOE follows with details of UK stress test
Following on from an earlier post on conglomerate capital rules, the EU now made the conglomerate rules official. This is EU’s answer to criticism on its watered down implementation of Basel III. But it may never become clear why the EU uses conglomerate rules to compensate for weaknesses in bank rules. It looks like a costly… Read More Tight new rules for EU conglomerate solvency calculations are official
Following on from my earlier post on multiples, EBA just published its last draft technical standards on bank capital (own funds). EBA looked into two dimensions of payments on own funds instruments: one related to multiple distributions and the other to preferential distributions. According to EBA, preferential distributions exist when holders of CET1 instruments have… Read More Jay! EBA publishes final draft technical standards on own funds (Part IV)