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  • This assumes for no particular reason that everyone should have a 10% capital ratio, and then looks at percentage point changes from that ratio if you normalized the risk weighting.

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    Some Banks Think Some Borrowers Are Riskier Than Other Banks Think They Are

    It’s become fashionable to make fun of the Basel risk-based capital rules for being overly complicated and subject to gamesmanship. “Why should we risk-weight assets at all?” people ask, for some reason. “Just look at simple leverage and assume that all assets are equally risky!” Sure okay. The problems with treating all risks the same […]

    / Jul 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM
  • Basel, where these things notionally come from.

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    Relatively Simple Basel Leverage Rules Still Pretty Complicated

    If you think bank regulation should be made much simpler it’s probably worth reading today’s Basel Committee document on bank leverage ratios, which the chairman of the Basel Committe described as “a relatively simple measure.” And what could be simpler than regulating leverage ratios?1 It’s just, like: tot up all your assets, including all your […]

    / Jun 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM
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    Here’s Another Plan For Not Bailing Out Too Big To Fail Banks

    Some analysts at the Bank for International Settlements have found a new way to unwind too-big-to-fail banks painlessly, which I guess is newsworthy; here is a good summary, and here is the actual paper. The basic idea is to resolve a bank over the weekend by writing down its debt by some regulator-chosen amount X, […]

    / Jun 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM
  • Find the synthetic CDOs.

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    Everybody Wins With Bespoke Synthetic CDOs

    Bloomberg this week had an article about how bespoke synthetic CDOs are coming back in vogue, and various people have fretted about that, because synthetic CDOs are scary, financial crisis, etc. And, sure, it’s certainly possible that the next financial crisis will be exactly like the last, only with more Cyprus.1 But today let’s talk […]

    / Mar 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM
  • One obvious interpretation of my Basel pictures is: I need a vacation.

    Banks

    Banks Getting Less Risky And/Or More Tricksy

    It’s a good day to be wholly cynical about banks so let’s be mean to the Basel III monitoring exercise. This is a thing where periodically the BIS looks into how far away banks are from meeting their Basel III capital requirements, with about a nine-month lag. The answer is always “pretty far away,” which […]

    / Mar 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM
  • Figure 5, first panel. Y axis is ratio of trading RWAs to total trading assets: lower numbers suggest umm more aggressive RWA practices, *maybe*. X axis is "a crude proxy for reliance on internal models for calculating mRWA," as opposed to using standardized approaches. Higher numbers = more use of internal models.

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    Banks’ Risk Measurements Rarely Off By Much More Than A Factor Of Ten

    Banks are opaque, or so I hear, and so the only way many people can stand to be around them is if they can have some sort of number to serve as a flashlight into all that opacity. One of the big numbers is Basel III risk-weighted assets, which are intended to, as the name […]

    / Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM
  • Banks, News

    Bailed-Out Banks Were, Are, Will Always Be Riskier Than Non-Bailed-Out Banks

    The banking system is a machine to transform risk: people put their money into a bunch of risk-free-ish-or-so-they-think banks, and those banks lend that money to risky businesses, and the banks make money on their ability to price that risk appropriately and/or on their ability to get a government bailout when they price it inappropriately. […]

    / Aug 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • Basel. Where the BIS is. I'm getting more and more into soothing photos of architecture. Enjoy!

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    BIS Paper Reminds Us That All’s Well In The Derivatives Market

    The gnomes at the Bank for International Settlements have produced a particularly gnomish paper called “Collateral requirements for mandatory central clearing of over-the-counter derivatives.” Wait! It might be important! Hear them out. (There’ll be charts …) Their goal is to measure how much more cash collateral the big dealer banks will need to encumber to […]

    / Mar 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    BIS Aims To Create Financial Product Pharmacist

    The Bank for International Settlements has radioed in with its doomed-to-fail regulatory proposal for financial products. Following in the footsteps of an industry that has done a stellar job limiting access to potentially harmful and addictive products, the BIS wants to use pharmaceuticals as a template for financial products. “In a scheme analogous to the […]

    / Jun 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

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