Addition of equities and mortgage bonds to LCR sparks criticism

Liquidity rules 'ruined' as regulators perform U-turn on equities, and also allow banks to include mortgage securities

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Banks will be allowed to count equities and residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBSs) towards the new liquidity buffers required by Basel III's liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) after significant changes to the measure by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

The new standard received the blessing of the committee's oversight body, and was announced at a press conference yesterday – along with a delay to the implementation schedule originally laid out when the LCR was first published in

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