Revised LCR falls short on ending Basel III concerns over trade finance

The relaxation of Basel III’s liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) requirements have been a major boon to trade finance, a sector which expected to suffer badly from the new regulatory regime. But not all issues related to Basel III have been resolved


The decision by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) on January 7 this year to relax the guidelines on the composition of the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) had a positive impact on capital position for trade finance – an area of banking that has previously complained of unfair treatment under the latest iteration of the global banking regulation.

The LCR is meant to ensure that banks have enough liquid assets for a 30-day liquidity stress period. In their previous form, the

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