Back in the mists of time (about 10 years ago) it must have been; that was the question I was asked to answer; I did a lot of work so the client must have been seriously interested;-
What the bloody hell is this Basel Thing Anyway?
I have been reviewing the papers from a recent conference;-
The ESRB at 1
& I think there is a crystallisation of a theme at that conference reflected in one particular presentation which articulates a narrative that we have been developing here on asymptotix in regard to Stress testing over the last 2 or 3 years.
Liquidity Risk is a confused topic (from a supervisory or B2 perspective)
because it has not been clear whether this is a risk type to be treated qualitatively or quantitatively through the development of the Basel II (B2) accords. In the initial months after the first Basel Accords were published most European regulators discussed the challenge of Liquidity Risk in qualitative terms. Latterly however the emphasis has been on the need for regulated financial institutions (FI) to stress test this aspect of Market Risk. This stress testing requirement demands that Liquidity Risk be treated quantitatively, from the perspective of a methodological approach to capturing how the FI’s exposure to this risk may fluctuate under extreme conditions.
Conceptual Foundations of a TOM (Target Operating Model) for an ICU (Internal Capital Unit)
The ICU is that applicable, particularly in Pillar 2 of Basel II, Basel III or Solvency II; development of a TOM is no easy task but is fundamental to the success of technology and process or competence change when implementing an ICU successfully. Clear demonstration of an effective and operational ICU is fundamental to financial institution supervision today. Development of a TOM needs a great deal of thinking and we at asymptotix have done some of that over the years. The foundations of our thinking about ICU-TOM is the SAP B2P2 white paper, vintage 2006 here but the clear development of our thinking is the peer-group validated, challenged and socialised approach to development of a TOM for an ICU is given in John Morrison's consolidated presentation of thinking in this space for the academic conference circuit of 2009 / 2010 and it is here Below in 5 brief pictures we present a summary of these ideas underlying a TOM-ICU; this is just a beginning, a conceptual foundation but presents some elements for consideration which are 'sine qua non';-
The GHOS endorsed the Committee's comprehensive approach to monitoring and reviewing implementation of the Basel regulatory framework. GHOS Chairman and Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King noted that "the focus on implementation represents a significant new direction for the Basel Committee. The level of scrutiny and transparency applied to the manner in which countries implement the rules the Committee has developed and agreed will help ensure full, timely and consistent implementation of the international minimum requirements".
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has received a number of interpretation questions related to the 16 December 2010 publication of the Basel III regulatory frameworks for capital and liquidity. To help ensure a consistent global implementation of Basel III, the Committee has agreed to periodically review frequently asked questions and publish answers along with any technical elaboration of the rules text and interpretative guidance that may be necessary.
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has received a number of interpretation questions related to the 16 December 2010 publication of the Basel III regulatory frameworks for capital and liquidity and the 13 January 2011 press release on the loss absorbency of capital at the point of non-viability. To help ensure a consistent global implementation of Basel III, the Committee has agreed to periodically review frequently asked questions and publish answers along with any technical elaboration of the rules text and interpretative guidance that may be necessary.
The Swedish banks should be subjected to higher capital adequacy requirements than those stipulated in Basel III
Swedish banks’ earnings have improved and loan losses have declined. The banks have good access to market funding and are well-capitalised in an international comparison. The Riksbank therefore assesses that the Swedish banks’ resilience to a poorer economic outcome is good.