G-20 summit delivers agreement on TLAC

Leaders approve standard for total loss-absorbing capacity, but consensus on cross-border cooperation remains hazy; Carney looks ahead to next phase of reforms

Mark Carney

Leaders of the G-20 group of nations have endorsed proposals for a standard governing total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC), in an effort to move closer to ending the problem of ‘too-big-to-fail' banks.

The proposals, set out by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on November 10, aim to allow global banks to be resolved without sending catastrophic shockwaves throughout the financial system.

Under the draft standard, banks would have to hold 16–20% of risk-weighted assets as TLAC, comprising

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