Do Regulatory Bank Capital Adjustments actually work?

This recent social science research network paper (A primer on regulatory bank capital adjustments) examines regulatory adjustments. These are adjustments that banks apply to book equity to calculate Tier 1 regulatory capital. The paper, relying on U.S. data, documents a decreasing relation between regulatory adjustments and bank solvency. Specifically, low solvency banks benefit from regulatory… Read More Do Regulatory Bank Capital Adjustments actually work?

Even better: EBA presents its EU-wide Transparency Exercise Results

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

Excellent: EBA publishes final draft technical standards on own funds

Having worked hard and diligently: the European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on own funds (=regulatory capital) ‘Part three’, which set out criteria to deduct indirect and synthetic holdings, to define broad market indices, and to calculate minority interest. On deduction of indirect and synthetic holdings: to achieve… Read More Excellent: EBA publishes final draft technical standards on own funds

BOE Announces its Position on Capital under CRR IV

Last week BOE’s Prudential Regulation Authority presented its Statement on Strengthening capital standards; which provides clarity on bank capital rules after the consultation of August last year. It was about time, given that the new capital rules under CRR IV enter into force in about one month from now. With a 7% CET1 requirement, the BOE presents a… Read More BOE Announces its Position on Capital under CRR IV

A bank capital proposal that hardly bites

Last Saturday, Professors Benink (Tilburg), Sanders (Utrecht), and Kool (Utrecht) of the Sustainable Finance Lab (a research outfit initiated by former Rabobank board of directors chair Herman Wijffels) presented a proposal for strengthening capital for banks in the Netherlands. The professors respond to the 4% leverage ratio proposal of the Dutch government. Instead of 4%,… Read More A bank capital proposal that hardly bites

Basel III monitoring results published by the Basel Committee

And a quick follow-up from Basel on capital shortfalls. (Click here for the report.) From the press release: “Data as of 31 December 2012 show that shortfalls in the risk-based capital of large internationally active banks continue to shrink. The aggregate shortfall of Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital with respect to the 4.5% minimum… Read More Basel III monitoring results published by the Basel Committee