Europe’s leading banks look generally well-placed to meet global standards on leverage to be implemented at the start of 2018, according to data compiled by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Market Intelligence.
However, the credit ratings agency (CRA) cautions that compliance could be tested should regulators implement buffers for the biggest banks.
S&P reports sample of European lenders with over €100bn in assets with available data showed that all had at least the 3% ratio of capital to total assets that the Basel III capital adequacy regime will require from 2018. All of the selected banks also posted double-digit common equity Tier 1 ratios, which measure capital as a share of risk-weighted assets.
Globally systemically important banks (G-SIBs) will have to go beyond the 3% Basel minimum, but the format and quantum of the additional requirement have yet to be finalized.
Among the questions is whether banks will be set a higher minimum requirement or a buffer that would allow supervisors to impose restrictions in the event of a breach, notes S&P.
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is also yet to determine whether the add-on will be uniform for all G-SIBs or scaled based on the “buckets” used to calculate similar surcharges for the Core Tier 1 (CET1) ratio.
The country is expected to survive the review, which it must do to retain its place in the European Central Bank’s asset purchase programme.
The bank believes that the battered UK currency, recently only just holding above the US$1.20 level, could be trading at US$1.36 by this time next year.
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The group reports that currency fluctuations were less of a challenge to multinationals in the second quarter of 2016, but Brexit has since spelt a return to volatility.