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Citigroup tops list of global banks posing systemic risk

November 22, 2016

Three of the biggest US banks have been judged to pose greater systemic risks than last year and had their capital requirements increased by global regulators in their annual rankings of the most systemically important financial institutions. Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo all had their capital buffers increased by several billion dollars, along with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, in the annual systemic rankings published by the Financial Stability Board.

FDIC’s Thomas Hoenig Cautions Policy Makers on Easing Capital Requirements

November 10, 2016

A top U.S. bank regulator Wednesday cautioned American policy makers to resist political pressure to weaken proposed capital requirements that global regulators hope to complete this year. FDIC's Thomas Hoenig said the recent push by some global policy makers for “capital neutrality" - an effort to persuade the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision to make only small changes, if any, in capital requirements for global banks is ill-advised.

Implementation of IFRS-9 going to make loans expensive

October 31, 2016

The implementation International Financial Reporting Standards 9 (IFRS 9) from January 2018 is a game changer for banks across the world and will impact UAE banks too, said Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of The UAE Banks Federation. The new regulation strongly affects the way credit losses are recognised in the profit and loss statement. 

EU Calls for Sweeping Changes to Basel Bank-Capital Proposal

September 29, 2016

Global banking regulators need to make sweeping changes to proposed new rules to protect European Union lenders against a spike in capital requirements, said Valdis Dombrovskis, the bloc’s financial-services chief. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision should rework planned restrictions on how banks use internal models to estimate risks from real-estate loans as well as corporate and infrastructure lending.

Banks Warned Not to Hurt Nordic Risk Case With Complex New Swap

September 14, 2016

The head of Denmark’s financial watchdog is urging banks to think twice before resorting to capital relief instruments, or risk weakening Nordic efforts to fight global regulators eager to enforce more standardized models for predicting losses. The instrument in question is a synthetic securitization, in which a bank transfers credit risk in its loan portfolio to investors, who in turn get a cash flow.

Basel Urged to Keep Hands Off Mortgage Market in Nordic Scenario

September 12, 2016

Global bank regulators need to drop a plan to set minimum capital requirements for home loans, according to the man overseeing the world’s oldest and biggest market for mortgage-backed covered bonds. Jesper Berg, director general of the Financial Supervisory Authority in Denmark, says the capital floors that the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision wants to enforce globally ignore major national differences in risk levels. 

Banks Push Back Against Basel’s ‘Surreal’ Plans

August 9, 2016

European bankers are ramming home their message that global regulators are trying to impose outlandish new rules that aren’t backed by the mandate they got from policy makers. Finance chiefs exploited pledges by G20 and European Union finance ministers to avoid boosting capital requirements as they campaigned against the plans during earnings calls in past weeks.

Bank-Capital Battle Makes Japan, EU Allies Against U.S. Push

August 4, 2016

Bank regulators from Tokyo to Frankfurt are joining forces to resist a U.S.-backed push for stiffer capital rules that could heap billions of dollars of new requirements on lenders. Highlighting the stakes, top regulators from Europe, Japan and India are pressing their case in public, shedding light on divisions in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision as it races to wrap up work this year on the post-crisis capital framework

Japanese regulator says banks should keep role in determining lending risks

May 11, 2016

A move by banking regulators to curb the ability of banks to assess for themselves their lending risks could backfire if as a result they lose the incentive to reduce those risks in order to cut the amount of capital they must hold as a buffer against possible defaults, a senior Japanese regulator said on Monday.

Time to review the risk weights of assets: ECB Official

October 13, 2015

Global assessment of the banking sector could have been on the wrong track, a member of the European Central Bank's (ECB) governing council has told CNBC.

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