Regulators looking at possible changes to Basel II credit risk plans

Basel - Global banking regulators are studying possible changes to the credit risk proposals of the complex Basel II bank capital accord, after seeing evidence that banks face higher capital charges under Basel II than they do under the current Basel I accord.

Large international banks, contrary to the regulators’ intentions, could face an increase of as much as 14% in their credit risk capital charge under Basel II, and an overall increase of as much as 24% when the operational risk capital charge is taken into account.

The evidence confirmed banking industry fears that many banks faced higher capital charges under Basel II as proposed in January this year by the accord’s architect, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the body that in

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