AIB welcomes AFS bond filter preservation

Allied Irish Banks has welcomed its regulator's preservation of the filter blocking unrealised gains and losses on government bonds from hitting capital, saying the economy is currently too fragile to remove it

Allied Irish Banks headquarters in Dublin

A senior Allied Irish Banks (AIB) risk manager has expressed support for Ireland's temporary exclusion of government bond volatility from bank capital, saying the economy is too fragile for it to be removed just yet.

The Basel III prudential rules remove a filter that had blocked unrealised gains and losses on debt instruments held in the available-for-sale (AFS) accounting category from affecting capital, as regulators felt the volatility of these holdings should be recognised. However

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