Financial Regulatory Forum

Basel III: Chinese banks saving for new capital adequacy ratio

August 26, 2011

By Helen H. Chan

HONG KONG, Aug. 26 (Business Law Currents) – New capital adequacy rules from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) are prompting banks to hit up investors in Hong Kong and Shanghai’s capital markets. Part of the Basel III implementation process, the rules will require Chinese lenders to shore up additional capital to protect against credit risks.

ANALYSIS-Implementation key to Basel III success

September 13, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The global “Basel III” deal on bank capital standards was reached at lightning speed by usually glacial regulators — substantive negotiations took about a year, compared to a decade for the current Basel II rules.

COLUMN-Stress tests and cargo cults: James Saft

July 9, 2010

(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

By Jim Saft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 8 (Reuters) – How are European officials orchestrating the bank stress tests like Pacific islanders speaking into coconuts and waiting for cargo to drop from the skies?

BREAKINGVIEWS – Where’s America’s home equity loan Armageddon?

April 7, 2010

— The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

Banks should hold more capital for risk -Santander

February 23, 2010

    LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Spain’s Santander <SAN.MC>, Europe’s second biggest bank, said forcing banks to hold more capital to cover riskier activities would be better than forcing the break-up of big lenders. (more…)

Regulatory cloud hangs over bank hybrid bonds

February 3, 2010

   By Jane Merriman
   LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – European regulators want banks to boost their capital to protect against shocks but uncertainty about what type of hybrid bonds will qualify as Tier 1 capital is keeping a lid on new issues. (more…)

Turkey plans to pass capital reforms by end-March

December 22, 2009

    ISTANBUL, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Turkey plans to pass a European Union-sought capital markets reform bill through parliament  before the end of March at the latest, the Capital Markets Board chairman said on Tuesday. (more…)

China banks need $73 bln capital in 2010 -regulator

December 21, 2009
Chinese banks need more capital

Chinese banks need more capital

   By Samuel Shen and Edmund Klamann
   SHANGHAI, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Chinese banks may need to raise about 500 billion yuan ($73 billion) from the capital markets next year as rapidly expanding loans weaken their financial strength, a senior banking regulator said, marking the first official estimate of banks’ near-term fund-raising. (more…)

BREAKINGVIEWS-FSA too weak on hybrid capital

December 11, 2009

— The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own — 
   By George Hay
   LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The Financial Services Authority needs to be tougher on bank capital. The UK regulator is considering allowing banks to count their current stock of hybrid securities as part of loss-absorbing reserves for another decade, and potentially longer. Such a grandfathering goes against the FSA’s policy goal of improving the quality of bank capital. (more…)

S.Korea says to guide banks to retain more profits

December 10, 2009

    SEOUL, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The South Korean government will guide local banks to retain more profits next year, instead of paying dividends to shareholders, to help bolster their capital. (more…)