Fed casts doubt on future of Basel internal models in US

Banks warn Fed cannot keep commitment to avoid Basel III capital hike if it forbids models

The Bank for International Settlements, Basel
Bank for International Settlements, home to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
Photo: Ulrich Roth

A senior Federal Reserve official has cast doubt on the future of the internal models approaches (IMA) to calculating bank capital requirements, as the US prepares to implement the final elements of the Basel III framework later this year.

“The banking agencies are discussing the fate of internal models in the future US bank capital framework,” Mark Van Der Weide, general counsel at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors, told an industry conference on June 2.

Van Der Weide pointed to the

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