Basel Committee counter-cyclical proposals tie buffers to economic indicators

Committee publishes paper on counter-cyclical capital and defers recommendations on Basel III to oversight board meeting on July 26

Bank for International Settlements headquarters, Basel

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision finished its quarterly meeting last night and has today published a key consultation document on counter-cyclical capital that would see banks build up additional capital in booms to be drawn down in a recession.

Capital buffers were always a central objective of the reforms to the Basel II capital framework, as regulators had been asked by the Group of 20 leading economies to correct the pro-cyclical effects of the current regime, which has seen banks

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