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EBA final standards and guidelines on interest rate risk arising from non-trading book activities

On 20 October 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a new set of guidelines and two final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying technical aspects of the revised framework capturing interest rate risks for banking book (IRRBB) positions. The new guidelines and draft RTS complete the onboarding into EU law of the Basel standards … Continue Reading

Basel Committee report – Buffer usability and cyclicality in the Basel framework

On 5 October 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a report, Buffer usability and cyclicality in the Basel framework. The report is the Basel Committee’s second report on the impact and effectiveness of the implemented Basel reforms and provides an in-depth examination of several questions regarding buffer usability and cyclicality of the Basel … Continue Reading

Basel Committee publishes review of margining practices

On 29 September 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a report concerning a review of margining practices. Background In non-centrally cleared markets, the Basel Committee and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) developed a framework that established minimum standards for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives (although not non-centrally cleared … Continue Reading

Basel Committee issues high-level considerations on proportionality

On 7 July 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) issued high-level considerations on proportionality that are intended to provide practical support to supervisory authorities seeking to implement proportionality into their domestic regulatory and supervisory frameworks. The high-level considerations seek to support the decision-making process of proportionality in a broad variety of jurisdictions, … Continue Reading

Basel Committee finalises principals on climate-related financial risks and progresses work on specifying crypto-assets’ prudential treatment

On 27 May 2022, the Basel Committee met and approved a finalised set of principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks. The Committee also progressed work on specifying crypto-asset prudential treatment and issuing a second consultation paper. Additionally, the Committee finalised the review of the treatment of cross-border exposures within the … Continue Reading

Regulation Around the World focusing on horizon scanning – out now

What’s on the regulatory horizon for financial services firms? In the latest instalment of our Regulation Around the World series we focus on horizon scanning with members of our global financial services team exploring some of the key upcoming regulatory trends. Our global updater focussing on horizon scanning is accompanied by further analysis in our … Continue Reading

G-SIB assessment methodology review process – technical amendment finalisation

On 9 November 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision announced that it had finalised a technical amendment to the Basel Framework which relates to the process used by the Committee to review the Global Systemically Important Bank assessment methodology. The Committee has replaced the prior three year review cycle with a process of ongoing … Continue Reading

Basel Committee progress report on the adoption of the Basel regulatory framework

On 14 October 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a progress report on the adoption of the Basel regulatory framework. Basel III was developed by BCBS as an internationally agreed set of measures in response to the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. The measures within the regulatory framework aim to strengthen the … Continue Reading

Basel III and global cooperation: where do we go from here?

On 8 September 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a speech given by its Secretary General, Carolyn Rogers, entitled Basel III and global cooperation: where do we go from here? During the course of her speech Carolyn Rogers addresses, among other things, some of the more common arguments that have been used to … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on an amendment to the process for reviewing the G-SIB methodology

On 20 July 2021, the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision published a consultation document setting out a technical amendment to the Basel framework. The amendment sets out a new process that will be used by the Committee to review the assessment methodology for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). The Committee plans to replace the existing … Continue Reading

FSB interim report on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial stability perspective

On 13 July 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published an interim report on the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial stability perspective. Among other things the interim report notes that: So far, the global financial system has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to greater resilience, supported by the G20 reforms, and … Continue Reading

Basel Committee – technical amendments to the calculation of minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions

On 1 July 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published two technical amendments to the standard on minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions (SFTs). The first technical amendment addresses an interpretative issue relating to collateral upgrade transactions and the second corrects for a misstatement of the formula used to calculate haircut floors for … Continue Reading

IOSCO reviews implementation of liquidity risk management recommendations and market participants´ responses to COVID-19 induced market stresses

On 5 March 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) launched a thematic review of the 2018 Recommendations for Liquidity Risk Management for Collective Investment Schemes.  The thematic review aims to assess the extent to which the Recommendations have been implemented through IOSCO member regulatory frameworks. It also aims to gather information about how … Continue Reading

Basel Committee proposes amendments to rules on haircut floors for securities financing transactions

On 26 January 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published for consultation two technical amendments to the standard on minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions (SFTs). Technical amendments are defined as changes in the Basel standards that are not substantial in nature but that cannot be unambiguously resolved based on the current text. … Continue Reading

Basel III monitoring results based on end-December 2019 data published by the Basel Committee

On 10 December 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued the results of its latest Basel III monitoring exercise, based on data as of 31 December 2019. The report sets out the impact of the Basel III framework that was agreed in 2010 as well as the effects of the Basel Committee’s finalisation of … Continue Reading

Capital treatment of securitisations of non-performing loans

On 26 November 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a technical amendment ‘Capital treatment of securitisations of non-performing loans’. The technical amendment closes a gap in the Basel framework by setting out prudent and risk sensitive capital requirements for non-performing loan securitisations. The Basel Committee has agreed to add the following elements to … Continue Reading

Basel Committee reports to G20 Leaders on Basel III implementation

On 3 November 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a report for G20 leaders at their summit in Riyadh on 21-22 November 2020. The report provides an update on the implementation of the Basel III regulatory reforms and the Basel framework-related measures taken by the Basel Committee in response to the … Continue Reading

Implementation of international standards can have collateral consequences

Non-financial commercial companies often secure their derivatives transactions with financial institutions in a manner other than posting cash margin, such as by granting liens on a commercial end-user’s assets. A proposed regulation from the US federal banking regulators to revise risk-based capital rules regarding derivatives in order to implement an international standard may have the … Continue Reading

US Federal Banking Agencies issue Community Bank Leverage Ratio proposal

On November 21, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) (collectively, the “Federal Banking Agencies” or the “Agencies”) jointly issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR” or the “Proposal”) that would … Continue Reading

US federal banking agencies issue final regulations promulgating use of municipal obligations for LCR compliance

Late last month, the US federal banking agencies (the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), collectively, the “banking agencies”) issued an interim final rule that implements section 403 of the recently enacted “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” (the “Act”), to … Continue Reading

CFTC registers LedgerX to trade, clear Bitcoin derivatives

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently approved two applications from LedgerX – a platform for trading and clearing Bitcoin options – to become registered as a swap execution facility (SEF) and derivatives clearing organization (DCO). These approvals make LedgerX the first DCO and the second SEF approved to facilitate digital currency-related derivatives activity (another … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board finalizes disclosure of liquidity coverage ratio specifics

On December 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it had finalized a regulation requiring large banking organizations (covered companies) to publicly disclose on a quarterly basis certain information about their liquidity coverage ratios (LCRs). The final regulation is substantially similar to the proposed regulation issued in December 2015, but there have been minor … Continue Reading

FRB proposes new limits on physical commodity activities of financial holding companies

The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) recently proposed new restrictions on the ability of a financial holding company (FHC) to engage in physical commodity activities. The complex proposal includes (i) heightened capital requirements for certain physical commodity activities, (ii) changes to the maximum amount of specified physical commodities FHCs can hold, (iii) clarification of restrictions on … Continue Reading
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