Asia takes a flexible approach to LCR implementation

Regulators in Asia are adopting a practical stance in implementing the LCR to the relief of banks

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Basel III's liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) finally took effect on January 1 after five years of discussion, lobbying and re-calibration to get it right.
The LCR aims to improve the short-term resilience of banks' liquidity profiles by requiring them to hold adequate levels of high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) to endure a 30-day stress test. A number of regional-specific impacts were identified in Asia, such as a shortage of government bonds to meet the ratio.

Australia was the first country to

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