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Bank treasurers warn on ‘racy’ EU liquidity rules

European stance on covered bonds and ABSs seen as risky

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Nationwide: group treasurer wary of EU liquidity rules

Banks may be allowed to rely too heavily on assets that are not completely liquid, bank treasurers warned yesterday, if Europe's version of the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) relaxes limits set by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

The LCR requires banks to hold a stock of high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) that can be sold quickly to bring in cash. Europe's version of the rules, due to be published imminently, is expected to contain more generous allocation limits than the baseline

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