The final countdown

With parallel running of the foundation and advanced internal ratings-based (IRB) approaches to Basel II set to start from next year, Gerhard Hofmann, Germany's representative on the Switzerland-based Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, has an extremely hectic 18 months ahead of him. But the results of the latest Basel II quantitative impact study, QIS 4, have given him grounds for confidence. Wide participation and improved data quality suggests German banks are on track to meet the January

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