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
BPCE (A2/A/A) announced a benchmark USD RegS/144A dated Tier 2 transaction with IPTs of UST+230bps area. HSBC Bank Plc (Aa3/AA-/AA-) is expected to issue its inaugural multi-currency AT1 transaction this week following a global investor roadshow. Credit Agricole (A2/A/A) is holding investor meetings in the US and Europe starting from 8 September for a possible… Read More The market for hybrids is open for business!
This week, the Bank of England offered two highly readable publications, each for a different reason. The Financial Policy Committee launched a consultation on the design of a leverage ratio framework for the UK. This is a very insightful release, even though the consultation period is a tad short: The FPC consultation will close on 14… Read More BOE, the Leverage Ratio, and Capital.
The European Banking Authority published its final draft Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on disclosure for the leverage ratio. These draft ITS include all the items that are relevant for leverage ratio disclosure under EU bank rules, in line with the Basel disclosure framework. The disclosure framework offers four templates: a template reconciling the figures of the… Read More EBA publishes leverage ratio disclosure templates
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!
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… Read More Jay! The ECB’s AQR manual is out
Without any comments from me yet. But yes, it is a rainy day, and this is probably worth spending some time on: the ECB public consultation on the draft ECB SSM Framework Regulation.
Without comments from my side yet: see here ECB’s note on the comprehensive assessment.
The Council of the EU has published a document attaching the text of a European Commission Delegated Regulation of 7 January 2014 supplementing the Capital Requirements Regulation (575/2013) with regard to regulatory technical standards for own funds requirements for institutions (document C(2013) 9763 final). The Regulation will enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in… Read More Jay! The CRD IV Technical Standards on Own Funds are out!
The Ecofin statement from last Friday (November 15, 2013) is here.