Final Volcker rule spurs rethink on FRTB trading desks

Regulators encourage structural alignment between the two rules, but hurdles remain

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Differing perspectives: can desks be aligned with both Volcker and FRTB?

Since US regulators completed a redraft of the Volcker rule in October, the small print is prompting banks to reconsider the structure of their trading desks to comply with forthcoming rules on market risk capital.

Banks must identify individual trading desks as part of the Volcker compliance process to show that any positions held are not intended as proprietary trading. Meanwhile, the Basel Committee’s Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) requires banks to specify each trading desk

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