The bank capital burden

Keenly awaited Basel II trading book rules were due to be decided upon as Risk went to press. Market participants worry the measures could retard the development of risk models and even kill off whole business lines Mark Pengelly reports


The incremental risk charge (IRC) has been a long time coming. The idea to create an incremental default risk charge was first proposed in 2005, with the aim of imposing an explicit charge for default risk on assets held in bank trading books - a risk not captured by value-at-risk models. Then the credit crisis struck. Waves of bank losses from risks other than actual default caused the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to consider expanding its scope. In July 2008, the IRC was introduced

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