The principles of the new Basel Accord

Economic capital

The Basel II Capital Accord is providing an important impetus for many banking institutions to adopt economic capital measurement. The Accord requires internationally active banks to take into account the amount of capital they need to set aside against the chances of unexpected losses by using more sophisticated quantification of risks.

International regulators agreed to Basel II in May 2005, and it is due to be phased in from 2007-2009 throughout the European Union and much of Asia, and from

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