FRTB 2.0: lower capital but high running costs

Revisions to market risk rules fail to ease complexities of internal models approach

When global standard-setters first revealed their planned revamp of trading book capital rules, bankers responded with furrowed brows. The new regime was dizzyingly complex, costly to implement and, worse, packed a huge capital hit.

Several consultation periods later, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has released its latest – and supposedly final – version of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book. The good news for banks? The capital impact is lower. The bad news? The rules are

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