HKMA warns banks not to weaken liquidity profile to benefit from LCR phase-in

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Despite a raft of changes to the composition and timing of the Basel III liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) does not want its banks to substantially dilute their liquidity base to take advantage of a phased approach.

The Basel Committee announced on January 6 that banks could adopt a staggered LCR whereby 60% of the buffer would be met in 2015 to be phased in at 10% increments until 2019, but the option is always open to individual regulators to adopt a

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