Impact of Basel III core capital standards remains unclear, analysts say

As governors back higher capital standards, ex-Bank of England special adviser argues economic impact remains difficult to pin down; commentators say reforms do not address risk attitudes


The economic impact of the Basel III minimum capital standards, backed by governors on Sunday, remains unclear, commentators said on Monday.

The Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision on Sunday evening agreed on the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision's proposals to raise the minimum common equity requirement from 2% of assets under Basel II to 4.5%. A further 1.5% of tier one capital that is not in the form of common equity will also be required.

Lenders will also be required to hold a

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