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EBA issues advice on Basel III implementation

On 5 August 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its report to the European Commission, following an earlier call for advice in May 2018, on the assessment of the implementation of Basel III in the EU. The advice presents the findings of the EBA’s quantitative impact assessment analysis based on data from 189 banks … Continue Reading

EBA adds CRR II, CRD V, BRRD II to single rulebook Q&A tool

On 5 August 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Interactive Single Rulebook and Q&A tool on the Capital Requirements Regulation II (CRR II), Capital Requirements Directive V (CRD V) and Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive II (BRRD II). The update allows users to review all the EBA’s final technical standards and guidelines associated … Continue Reading

Commission letter to EBA on elements of Basel III framework

On 2 August 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a letter (dated 15 July 2019) it had received from the European Commission concerning its preparatory work for the implementation of the Basel III reforms. The Commission notes that the EBA is currently finalising its advice on the Basel III reforms in the area of … Continue Reading

EBA consults on draft guidelines on weighted average maturity of contractual payments

On 31 July 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper proposing draft guidelines on the determination of the weighted average maturity (WAM) of the contractual payments due under the tranche of a securitisation transaction. The framework under the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) for securitisations has introduced a tranche maturity as an additional … Continue Reading

PRA issues Policy Statement on credit risk mitigation – eligibility of financial collateral

On 23 July 2019, the PRA published Policy Statement 14/19: Credit risk mitigation: Eligibility of financial collateral (PS14/19). In PS14/19 the PRA provides feedback to responses to Consultation Paper 1/19: Credit risk mitigation: Eligibility of financial collateral (CP1/19). It contains in the Appendix the updated Supervisory Statement 17/13: Credit risk mitigation (SS17/13). In CP1/19 the … Continue Reading

PRA consults on counterparty credit risk – treatment of model limitations in banks’ internal models

On 23 July 2019, the PRA published Consultation Paper 17/19: Counterparty credit risk: treatment of model limitations in banks’ internal models (CP17/19). CP17/19 is relevant to all firms to which the Capital Requirements Directive IV applies. It sets out the PRA’s proposed changes to Supervisory Statement 12/13: Counterparty Credit Risk (SS12/13) to clarify expectations regarding … Continue Reading

EBA updates on monitoring of CET1 capital instruments

On 22 July 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published an updated list of Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) instruments of EU institutions. The list is accompanied by an updated CET1 report, which includes information on the underlying objectives of the monitoring as well as on the consequences of including or excluding instruments in or … Continue Reading

EBA update on ITS package for 2020 benchmarking exercise

On 16 July 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published an update to its implementing technical standards (ITS) on benchmarking of internal approaches to reflect comments received following an earlier consultation in December 2018 (see previous blog post). The ITS include all benchmarking portfolios that will be used for the 2020 benchmarking exercise. A zip … Continue Reading

Large exposures: Reciprocation of French measure

On 15 July 2019, the PRA published Consultation Paper 15/19: Large exposures: Reciprocation of French measure (CP15/19). In CP15/19 the PRA sets out its proposal to apply a tighter limit for large exposures to certain French non-financial corporations, to reciprocate the same measure imposed by France. The proposed measure applies on a consolidated basis to … Continue Reading

EBA report on the monitoring of the LCR implementation in the EU

On 12 July 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its first report on the monitoring of liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) implementation in the EU. The EBA’s monitoring of the LCR contributes to a consistent application of EU law and promotes common supervisory approaches and practices in this area. In the report, the EBA has … Continue Reading

EBA report on progress made on its roadmap to repair IRB models

On 9 July 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a progress report on the roadmap set out in 2016 to repair internal models used to calculate own funds requirements for credit risk under the internal ratings based (IRB) approach. The EBA’s IRB roadmap was set up to address concerns about undue variability of own … Continue Reading

ECB guide to internal models

On 8 July 2019, the European Central Bank (ECB) published finalised chapters to its guide to internal models covering credit risk, market risk and counterparty credit risk. These risk type-specific chapters complement earlier chapters on general topics such as internal governance and audit.   Articles 143, 283 and 363 of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) … Continue Reading

FSB publishes review of TLAC Standard

On 3 July 2019, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a technical review of the implementation of the total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC) standard for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) in resolution. The review finds that: progress has been steady and significant in both the setting of external TLAC requirements by authorities and the issuance of … Continue Reading

Finalisation of Basel III reforms in the EU

The European Commission’s work on the finalisation of the Basel III reforms in the European Union is gathering pace. Following its April 2018 public consultation on an additional set of prudential reforms that will implement in European law the December 2017 Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s standard (Basel III: Finalising post-crisis reforms), the Commission has … Continue Reading

EBA issues 2020 EU-wide stress test methodology for discussion

On 25 June 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published the 2020 EU-wide stress test draft methodology, templates and template guidance which will be discussed with the industry. The 2020 exercise will assess EU banks’ resilience to an adverse economic shock and inform the 2020 Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process. The final methodology will be … Continue Reading

Basel Committee publishes revisions to leverage ratio disclosure requirements

On 26 June 2019, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published revisions to leverage ratio disclosure requirements by setting out additional requirements for banks to disclose their leverage ratios based on quarter-end and on daily average values of securities financing transactions. The revisions are applicable to the Pillar 3 disclosure requirements associated with … Continue Reading

Basel Committee publishes leverage ratio treatment of client cleared derivatives

On 26 June 2019, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a document setting out revisions to the leverage ratio standard text that will serve to implement the treatment of client cleared derivatives. This revision will apply to the version of the leverage ratio standard that will serve as the Pillar 1 minimum … Continue Reading

Pillar 2 liquidity: PRA110 reporting frequency threshold

On 25 June 2019, the PRA published Consultation Paper 14/19: Pillar 2 liquidity: PRA110 reporting frequency threshold (CP14/19). In CP14/19 the PRA set out proposals to amend the reporting frequency of the PRA110 reporting template, when a firm is in stress. The proposal introduces a further threshold of total assets of £5 billion or above, … Continue Reading

SRB updates MREL policy to reflect new Capital Requirements Regulation

On 25 June 2019, the Single Resolution Board (SRB) published an update on its policy on the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) in light of the publication of the Banking Package in the Official Journal of the EU on 7 June 2019. The update is in the form of an addendum … Continue Reading

Pillar 2 liquidity: Updates to the framework

  On 17 June 2019, the PRA published updates to: the Regulatory Reporting Part of the PRA Rulebook. The update is in the form of an instrument made by the PRA board, the ‘CRR Firms: Liquidity regulatory reporting (amendment) (No.2) Instrument 2019’ (the Instrument); Statement of Policy (SoP) ‘Pillar 2 liquidity’; Supervisory Statement (SS) 24/15 … Continue Reading

Commission progress report on reducing NPLs in EU

On 12 June 2019, the European Commission (Commission) published a communication containing its fourth progress report on the reduction of non-performing loans (NPLs) and further risk reduction in the Banking Union.  The report summarises recent efforts in the reduction of NPLs in the EU, providing data on the progress made in each Member State. As … Continue Reading

PRA modification of consent of definition of capital rules

On 10 June 2019, the PRA published a direction for modification by consent, modifying in its Rulebook the Definition of Capital 7.1 and 7.5. In an accompanying press release, the PRA notes that, following amendments to Article 26(3) of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), firms may classify as Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) instruments subsequent … Continue Reading

Regulation amending ITS on supervisory disclosure under CRD IV published in OJ

On 5 June 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/912 of 28 May 2019 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 650/2014 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to the format, structure, contents list and annual publication date of the information to be disclosed by Member State … Continue Reading

HM Treasury letter concerning remuneration and CRD V

On 23 May 2019, HM Treasury published a letter from John Glen MP (Economic Secretary to the Treasury) to Lord Boswell (Chair, House of Lords’ European Union Committee) providing further clarification on the remuneration proposals developed in the Capital Requirements Directive V (CRD V). The letter makes the following points: the CRD V builds on … Continue Reading
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