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Fed Governor Tarullo Discusses G-SIB Surcharge Implementation

Today, Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo delivered a speech that, among other things, provided a preview of the forthcoming proposal to implement the GSIB risk-based capital surcharge.

 

While our proposal will use the GSIB risk-based capital surcharge framework developed by the BCBS as a starting point, it will strengthen the BCBS framework in two important respects. First, the surcharge levels for U.S. GSIBs will be higher than the levels required by the BCBS, noticeably so for some firms. Second, the surcharge formula will directly take into account each U.S. Read More

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Federal Reserve Governor Tarullo Discusses Removal of Internal Ratings-Based (IRB) Approach to Regulatory Capital

Today, Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo delivered a speech that, among other things, argued for discarding the advanced internal ratings-based (IRB) approach for calculating risk-based capital requirements.  Currently, under U.S. Basel III, the advanced IRB approach applies to U.S. banking organizations with at least $250 billion in total consolidated assets or at least $10 billion in on-balance-sheet foreign exposures.  Governor Tarullo also argued for increasing the $50 billion applicability threshold for Dodd-Frank enhanced prudential standards to a higher asset level, such as $100 billion. …  Read More

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Basel Committee Chairman Addresses Calibration of Basel III Leverage Ratio

Basel Committee Chairman Stefan Ingves has delivered a speech discussing the Basel III leverage ratio and its role in the Basel framework, noting that while the Basel Committee has recently agreed on a common measure of bank leverage, the issue of calibration (i.e., the percentage level of the leverage ratio) is still open.  Significantly, Chairman Ingves stated that “[e]ven though the leverage ratio has been designed as a backstop, it must be a meaningful backstop if it is to serve its intended purpose.”  In this respect, Chairman Ingves noted the following in his speech:

  • “Only now that we have an agreed [measure of leverage] can the [Basel] Committee begin to turn to the issue of calibration, and the relationship of the leverage ratio to the risk-based framework.
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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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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 Governor Tarullo Discusses Short-term Wholesale Funding and Potential Regulatory Remedies

Today, Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo delivered a speech discussing the potential financial stability concerns raised by short-term wholesale funding in the form of securities financing transactions (SFTs), which include repo and reverse repo, securities lending and borrowing, and securities margin lending transactions.  Governor Tarullo also discussed possible regulatory measures to address these concerns, including (1) regulatory capital surcharge calculated by reference to a firm’s reliance on SFTs and other forms of short-term wholesale funding (2) modifications to capital and liquidity standards such as standardized banking book risk weights, trading book capital charges and Basel III net stable funding ratio (NSFR) and (3) universal margin requirements for SFTs.…  Read More

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