The Italian DTAs

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

EBA publishes leverage ratio disclosure templates

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

Bank of America, nothing complex, it’s noblesse oblige!

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!

Jay! The CRD IV Technical Standards on Own Funds are out!

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!