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 […]

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. […]

The Swiss new capital requirements – why cheer?

Today Finma, the Swiss bank supervisor posted its new Leverage Ratio requirement,  see picture: Switzerland has decided to set a TLAC of 10% of total exposure for its global systemically important banks: 5% for going concern and 5% for gone concern, in line with the TLAC proposal of the FSB. Finma uses colourful language to […]

The language of Capital and Equity

Frances Coppola this week posted on her blog an explanation of Capital, liquidity and the countercyclical buffer, in plain English. Frances posted because of Caroline Binham’s use of language in a Financial Times article. Caroline, according to Frances, is wrong. So wrong even that she takes it out on Caroline, blaming her for not being […]

Jay, the EBA and BCBS Basel III monitoring results are out!

It is that time of the year: the Basel III monitoring reports are out. The Basel report can be found here. The EBA report can be found here. Highlights from the EBA report: CET1 ratios are steadily increasing – Compared with the previous exercise (reference date June 2014), the average CET1 ratio of Group 1 banks increased by 0.5 […]

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 […]

UPDATE: The EBA’s laudable effort to tame Additional Tier 1 issuances

Today, the EBA held a public hearing on the 4 May report on AT1 issuances, see my previous post on this. Click here for the PowerPoint that the EBA prepared. Apparently no surprises. On the hot topic of Contingent Clauses, the EBA reports that it “confirms its previous reserves, and recommends disallowing contingent clauses”. A […]

Good, bad, and ugly questions about TLAC

Last November, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) presented its consultation document on Total Loss Absorbency Capacity (TLAC). The document is a response to the request of G20 leaders to enhance the loss-absorbing capacity of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) in resolution. It presents a term-sheet with requirements for TLAC. The document looks heavy-handed because of […]

An intriguing graph in the BCBS Basel III monitoring report

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 […]