EU global banks see increase in CET1 capital

EU globally systemically important banks saw their highest rise in common equity tier 1 capital in Q3 2016 for two years, largely thanks to reductions in risk-weighted assets


Basel III delay signals growing risk of regulatory divergence

With the finalisation of the Basel III framework having been delayed over output floor levels and with a new administration taking over in the US, speculation is rife over the future shape of the framework.  

Fitch: not much mileage in Choice Act for US G-SIBs

US globally systemically important banks are unlikely to gain much under the proposed Financial Choice Act when the extra levels of capital required are considered

UK banks given another two years on MREL

Bank of England grants UK banks another two years to comply with capital standards designed to aid the resolution of failing banks.

EBA: European banks not ready for IFRS-9

European banks are likely to struggle with new IFRS-9 accounting rules, according to a European Banking Authority survey.

Australia to ‘gold-plate’ rules regardless of US

Australia will press on with tough regulatory requirements even if the US de-regulates under Trump.

Mervyn King

Leverage ratios don’t necessarily reduce risk, finds OFR

Could leverage ratios inadvertently incentivise greater risk taking? A study of US broker-dealers by the Office of Financial Research comes up with some interesting insights. By Justin Pugsley.

Richard Nesbitt

Falling bond liquidity could have serious regulatory implications

The trend towards falling liquidity in sovereign bond markets could have serious regulatory repercussions for banks, says the head of the Global Risk Institute (GRI). By Justin Pugsley.

European Commission HQ

CMU factor is the key to any risk capital debate

Disagreements between Brussels and Basel look likely over upgrades to rules on standardising regulation on measuring risk capital requirements. But European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s priority to boost growth by protecting bank interests could well prevail. By Jeremy Woolfe. 


The final countdown: Basel’s reform agenda

The European Savings and Retail Banking Group is calling on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to postpone its final decisions on calibration, warning that the proposed reforms are a threat to many European banks, which will badly affect the real economy. By Chris De Noose, managing director of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG).

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