The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published FAQs on the Basel III countercyclical capital buffer.

The FAQs are grouped under six headings, namely:

  • national buffer decisions;
  • jurisdictional reciprocity;
  • identification and calculation of geographic credit exposures;
  • calculation of the final bank-specific buffer add-on;
  • public disclosure requirements; and
  • timing and frequency of changes in the buffer rates.

The countercyclical capital buffer regime will be phased-in in parallel with the capital conservation buffer between 1 January 2016 and end-2018, becoming fully effective on 1 January 2019.

View Frequently asked questions on the Basel III Countercyclical Capital Buffer, 19 October 2015