Experts expect to finalise Basel II securitisation issues this week

LONDON – Technical experts expect this week to finalise their proposals for handling the one major issue still outstanding in the complex Basel II accord aimed at making the world’s banking system safer – the technically thorny question of how to treat the credit risks for banks of asset securitisations.

Regulators with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the architect of Basel II and the body that in effect regulates international banking, are confident of agreeing a solution that will be published in early October. That is likely to be shortly after October 1 when a key Basel II survey – the third quantitative impact study or QIS 3 – will also be issued to over 300 banks in some 40 countries.

Asset securitisation takes place when banks pool assets in the form of their loans and

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