OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will press for timely implementation of the Basel III rules on bank capital at a November 4-5 meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday. The official said it was imperative the rules on tighter global capital and liquidity be adopted according to the timeline that has already been agreed. The Basel III rules are supposed to start coming into force worldwide at the start of 2013, but late agreement on many details means many banks are unprepared. ...
Alicia Damley submits:Recognizing the pro-cyclicality of BIS II rules, the Basel Committee identified counter-cyclical provisions as one of the key changes in the proposed BIS III standards. At the end of December 2010, global regulators from 27 countries agreed on implementing counter-cyclical provisions through increases in the minimum Tier 1 capital ratio by up to 2.5% (from 7% to 9.5%).
Editor's Note: Bradley Sabel is partner and co-head of the Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory practice group at Shearman & Sterling LLP. The following post is based on a Shearman & Sterling client publication by Donald N. Lamson and Barnabas W.B.
It wasn’t too long ago that Canada’s largest banks pined for membership in the exclusive and powerful club of the world’s largest financial giants. Now that the 2008 financial meltdown is transforming megabanks from once-mighty emblems of national pride to international pariahs, they could well end up becoming fixtures among their global peers.
European and Japanese banking officials are reportedly enraged that the (US-backed) world's top banking regulator would dare to demand banks hold higher levels of capital to meet credit, market and operational risks. These rules are not new, of course, but the bankers, used to getting their own way reportedly demanded in two heated meetings this week that The Basel Committee 'scale back; the rules to ensure the rules have no “particularly negative consequences for specific regions,” such as Europe.
GENEVA: India's banking norms in certain aspects are more rigorous than what has been prescribed under the Basel III framework for capital adequacy, says a report. After a detailed assessment that took into account 14 components, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision today said India complies with Basel standards. The panel, which works towards improving the quality of banking supervision worldwide, today released its Basel III implementation assessment reports of India and South Africa.
Reuters - Global banks will be required to hold Tier 1 capital of nine percent including a 3 percent so-called "conservation buffer," German weekly Die Zeit reported, quoting a draft proposal from the Basel Committee, the body tasked with drawing up global banking rules.