Most banks short of compliance under Basel rules

Basel rules were created so as to avoid a scenario wherein taxpayer’s money is used to bail banks in case of a financial crisis.

On Wednesday, financial regulators warned, top international banks will collectively require $34 billion (30 billion euros) of capital by January 2027 in order to fully comply with regulations aimed at avoiding using taxpayer’s money to bail them out in case of a financial crisis.

The Basel Committee of banking regulators from across leading financial centers stated, their latest update on compliance to June 2018 does not reflect the final version of rules covering risks from swings in market prices for assets.

Following heavy industry lobbying, rules had been reworked in January – a step Basel said would mitigate overall increases in capital.

The latest shortfall, based on data covering 189 banks, represents a fraction of total capital already being held. The shortfall is 70% smaller than at the end of 2015 when banks were building up buffers to meet the tougher capital rules after many lenders were rescued by taxpayers in the financial crisis a decade ago.

In a statement Basel said, all banks should continue to meet its capital requirements at this stage.

In a separate development, having a same setting, the European Union’s banking watchdog said, banks in the bloc would require 39 billion euros of additional total capital, of which 24.2 billion comprises core, high-quality capital in order to comply with Basel rules.

Basel’s rules are applied to all banks in the European Union, not just to the largest lenders.

Basel said banks were in full compliance with rules requiring them to hold “liquidity” buffers of assets that could be sold quickly in a crisis to avoid burning through capital.


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