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Dodd-Frank Enhanced Prudential Standards Final Rule

Today, the Federal Reserve published a final rule establishing Dodd-Frank enhanced prudential standards for U.S. bank holding companies with ≥$50 billion in total consolidated assets (Large U.S. BHCs) and foreign banking organizations with ≥$50 billion in total consolidated assets (Large FBOs).

By way of background, Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Federal Reserve to establish enhanced prudential standards, including heightened capital standards, liquidity standards, single counterparty credit limits, enhanced risk management requirements, capital stress testing requirements (final rules already issued) and an early remediation framework, for Large U.S.…  Read More

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Governor Tarullo Outlines Federal Reserve’s Prudential Regulatory Priorities for 2014

In his written testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Dodd-Frank implementation, Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel K. Tarullo outlined the Federal Reserve’s prudential regulatory and supervisory priorities for 2014.  As discussed further in this blog post, these priorities include, among other things: (1) finalizing, in the “near term,” Dodd-Frank enhanced prudential standards for large domestic and foreign banking firms; (2) proposing, “fairly soon,” to implement the Basel Committee’s risk-based capital surcharge for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs); (3) finalizing, in the “coming months,” higher Basel III supplementary leverage ratio standards for the 8 U.S.…  Read More

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Key Features of 2014 EU Bank Stress Tests

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has announced key components of the forthcoming 2014 EU stress test that will be conducted on a sample of 124 EU banks covering at least 50% of the national banking sector in each EU Member State.  According to the EBA, the EU stress test aims at ensuring consistency and comparability of the outcomes across all sample banks based on common methodologies, scenarios and disclosures.

Key Features of the 2014 EU Bank Stress Test:  According to the EBA, the 2014 EU stress test will include the following key features:

Capital Thresholds:  A Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) risk-based capital ratio of 8% will be the capital hurdle rate for the baseline scenario and a CET1 risk-based capital ratio of 5.5% will be the capital hurdle rate for the adverse scenario.  …  Read More

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Basel Committee Chairman Discusses Next Steps for the Basel Committee

Basel Committee Chairman Stefan Ingves has delivered a speech discussing the Basel Committee’s policy agenda over the next year, noting that “there is still a lot on the Committee’s plate – at last count, a total of around 50 projects.”  Among other topics, Chairman Ingves discussed the variation of risk-weighted assets (RWAs) among banks and potential policy responses.

The Basel Committee has published three studies on the variation of RWAs among banks – two for the trading book (our earlier blog post on this topic is available here) and one for the banking book (our earlier blog post on this topic is available here). …  Read More

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Federal Reserve Advises Large Banking Organizations to Carefully Evaluate Certain Risk-Transfer Transactions

Today, the Federal Reserve issued a Supervision and Regulation letter (SR letter) entitled Risk Transfer Considerations When Assessing Capital Adequacy – Supplemental Guidance on Consolidated Supervision Framework for Large Financial Institutions.

The SR letter applies to U.S. bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with consolidated assets of $50 billion or more as well as foreign banking organizations with combined assets of U.S. operations of $50 billion or more (collectively, “large banking organizations”).

The purpose of the SR letter is to provide guidance on how certain risk transfer transactions affect assessments of capital adequacy at large banking organizations. …  Read More

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Advanced Approaches Capital Rules: Federal Reserve Issues Guidance for Implementing the Supervisory Formula Approach for Securitization Exposures

The Federal Reserve’s Basel Coordination Committee has issued guidance regarding supervisory expectations for determining the capital requirements on the underlying exposures (KIRB) input to the Supervisory Formula Approach (SFA) for securitization exposures and the flexibility afforded to advanced approaches banking organizations when dealing with data limitations.  Federal Reserve and OCC staff worked together on the development of this guidance.

Background:  The advanced approaches capital rules, originally adopted by the U.S. banking agencies in 2007, apply to the largest and most internationally active U.S.…  Read More

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