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!
With no analysis from my own yet: The European Banking Authority (EBA) announced today the key components of the forthcoming 2014 EU-wide stress test that will be conducted on a wide sample of EU banks. The objective of the EU-wide stress tests is to help supervisors assess the resilience of financial institutions in the European… Read More EBA announces key features of the 2014 EU-wide Stress Test
Adding to my backlog of actions to comment on, EBA parcels out one interesting feature after the other. It just posted the results of the EU-wide transparency exercise. It provides updated information on the European banks that were part of the recapitalisation exercise in 2012. The information covers data on banks’ composition of capital, composition… Read More Even better: EBA presents its EU-wide Transparency Exercise Results
Basel III will enter into force in the U.S. and in Europe in about 10 weeks from now. That is soon, and I will argue that banks are still poorly prepared, in particular regarding important securities that count towards regulatory capital. Many banks conveniently look at the Basel III end-state, to be reached in 2019. BNP for… Read More Basel III – watch your step at the entry!
Just a quicky – from EBA: it publishes today its fourth report of the Basel III monitoring exercise on the European banking system. Click here for the full report. “The exercise monitors the impact of the implementation of the Basel III requirements in the EU, based on the assumption of a full implementation of the… Read More EBA publishes results of the Basel III monitoring exercise as of end 2012
I updated this post, as discussions on the leverage ratio still suffer from a poor understanding of this solvency measure. See my post on this odd proposal by three Dutch professors, who basically want to turn back time to the Basel II (not III) era, and allow banks to borrow money to increase their capital… Read More Leverage Ratio Eye-openers, updated
The EBA published the first final draft technical standards on own funds. Its actually a bundle that complements CRR IV, the new European regulation on capital. Haven’t had the time to digest fthe final versions, but there are four pieces, according to the EBA website: The RTS on own funds part I specify elements of… Read More Jay! EBA publishes first final draft technical standards on own funds.