AIB welcomes AFS bond filter preservation

Senior risk manager says economy too fragile to remove filter

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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