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 […]

Dutch CET1 and Leverage ratios

The EBA transparency exercise results offer a wealth of data. They will keep researchers busy for some months to come. The table below shows a couple of highlights, where all numbers are in %, and the data is sorted on 2015 Leverage ratio values: CET1 and Leverage Ratios are increasing. This is encouraging for sure. […]

Yay! EBA presents the 2015 EU-wide transparency exercise results

Today, the EBA presented the 2015 EU-wide transparency exercise results. I am reading the data, which shows improvements in the resilience of the EU banking sector, covers around 70% of total EU banking assets for the reference dates of 31 December 2014 and 30 June 2015. (Some banks have not even published their capital positions […]

ECB goes soft on capital requirement harmonisation

The ECB just published their plans to harmonise Options and Discretions in the CCR available to Euro-zone banks. Initially, the ECB set promising expectations. It had identified a whopping 160 Options and Discretions, many of which were meant to be chopped. See this interview with a very confident Ignazio Angeloni some weeks ago. But the […]

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, […]

Re-post from March 27, 2014: ABN AMRO, direct issuance, and CRD IV

This week, the government of the Netherlands will decide about floating ABN Amro. This after a perilous and turbulent recent past. Apparently, the float will be compromised: a management-friendly foundation will be the new owner. That foundation then will issue certificates to investors. This protects ABN Amro against a hostile take-over. The structure raises two […]

EBA and ECB living living together in harmony?

Last week, the EBA and the ECB published some thoughts on next steps in bank supervision. These did not attract a lot of media attention. However, in light of changes to come, I thought it be interesting to take a closer look. With Basel III in force in Europe through CRD IV, CRR and BRRD, […]

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 […]