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. […]

Jay! The ECB’s AQR manual is out

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 […]

Cetier posts a critical note on capital shortfall research.

My post “The Greatest Hoax on European Bank Capital Shortfalls ever?”, a pastiche on a similarly titled paper by researchers Viral Acharya and Sascha Steffen just appeared on Pieria. Capital shortfall papers, with such a wide range of results are a reason to worry about the correct definition of solvency, or the lack thereof.

Jay: the ECB comprehensive assessment is out!

While I digest, here is the pdf. A daunting task for sure, however, I really wonder … will 8% be sufficient to sort the men from the boys? We shall see next year. “Capital thresholds will be set as a benchmark for the outcomes of the exercise. The capital benchmark will be set at 8% […]

Brief comment on my post: EBA publishes standards on NPL, etc

Apparently EBA chose a relatively friendly route here, as it offers banks to report NPL and forbearance via FINREP, a reporting tool that is close to financial reporting. Bank also will have to report via COREP, and COREP determines the solvency calculations of banks directly. Here is EBA’s justification for not tampering with the solvency […]