Regulatory differences could be behind RWA inconsistency, report suggests


Different approaches taken by national regulators could be behind a divergence in risk-weighted asset (RWA) figures reported by banks, according to early findings of a study led by the European Banking Federation (EBF).

A number of regulators, bankers and analysts have drawn attention to discrepancies in RWA numbers over the past year, and suggested the flexibility given to sophisticated banks to model their own RWA numbers means the process is open to manipulation.

However, the EBF believes

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