ECB sees slim gains, larger losses if EU tweaks Basel III

Staff paper says using parallel stack output floor would push up funding costs longer-term

Tweaks to Basel III reforms pushed by European Union policy-makers may end up hobbling banks’ solvency and investor perceptions of the sector, while providing slim short-term growth benefits, a European Central Bank (ECB) staff paper has found.

Keeping looser capital charges for certain exposures and curtailing the reach of the reforms’ new risk-weight floors may briefly and marginally boost lending and GDP – but would eventually leave banks more leveraged than under a ‘plain vanilla’

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