Banks fear outcome as Basel Committee wraps up RWA review

Mending the RWA machine


In the next few months, regulators will emerge, oily and dishevelled, from a year spent under the bonnet of the bank capital system. They are trying to find out whether huge bank-to-bank differences in risk-weighted assets (RWAs) – the modelled numbers on which capital ratios are based – are legitimate. The stakes are high. Banks have an obvious incentive to play tricks with their RWAs as a way of reducing the impact of Basel III’s tough new capital requirements, and if the market loses faith in

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