The final approvals for the BASEL III capital standards provided by US regulators. Was going through one of the article published in American Banker written by Clifford Rossi, opens up that implementing robust capital standards that give individual institutions sufficient buffers from extreme events and protect the system at-large has been a major challenge for regulators and the Basel Committee since the inception of risk-based capital charges years ago. However, over reliance on analytic methods that failed miserably during the crisis puts the entire system at risk while creating enormous burdens on institutions and regulators to closely oversee these models. Continue reading “BASEL III – Risk Exposed”
Some bankers sing this morning instead of ‘Purple Rain, Purple Rain’ – “Margin call, Margin call!”
Last week’s biggest news is not the Nonfarm Payrolls, or the European Central Bank or even Portugal’s government falling. No – the big deal is the openness with which the Federal Reserve is preparing a major margin call on the too-big-to-fail banks in the US.
This has been a long time coming since the introduction of the Dodd-Frank law back in 2010 but it is a game changer. Remember all macro paradigm shifts come from policy impulses, often mistakes.
Fed approves step one in a three-step plan: Continue reading “The Margin calls are coming big way”
There are a lot of things you can read about the Brown-Vitter bill recently, though it’s a really nice day out and you probably shouldn’t. It’s not … it’s not like a real thing is it? When the text of the bill, which would raise the equity capital requirements on big banks to ~15% on a non-risk-weighted basis and forbid U.S. regulators from implementing Basel rules, first leaked, I sort of assumed it was a temper tantrum not intended to become law, and the fact that its official title is the “Terminating Bailouts for Taxpayer Fairness (TBTF) (Get It?) (GET IT?) Act of 2013″ doesn’t exactly change my mind.
The largest U.S. banks… would have to hold capital in excess of Basel III standards under a proposal being drafted by Senate Democrats and Republicans to curb the size of too-big-to-fail banks.
The current draft of the legislation would require U.S. regulators to replace Basel III requirements with a higher capital standard: 10 percent for all banks and an additional surcharge of 5 percent for institutions with more than $400 billion in assets. Continue reading “Draft of the Brown-Vitter bill,”
This weekend banks got a big win from Basel, easing liquidity requirements more than expected. Banks surged after unexpected win over the weekend.
How memories fade. Five years ago the UK had witnessed the first run on a bank – Northern Rock – since 1866 while the panic that followed a year later when Lehman Brothers collapsed led to £65bn of taxpayer money being poured into Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and HBOS.
Indeed in 2010 Lord Turner, chairman of the Continue reading “Basel’s Diluted Liquidity Rule Compounds Capital Failure”