Draft Basel Ia NPR is finally released


Regulators seem to have listened to their main concerns: "One very positive aspect of the draft NPR is the option that allows any bank to stay within the current system and opt out of Basel Ia," says Robert Strand, senior economist at the American Bankers Association.

A large number of the smaller banks will decide to opt out of Basel Ia and stick with the existing system, as the majority view is that they have plenty of capital and do not need to implement a risk-based system. And although

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