Automatic stabilisers in banking capital | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

I am in favour of cyclical capital buffers but not the kind the BCBS has developed.

I have attached a link to a post by Charles Goodhart and Dirk Schoenmaker which highlights the problems with the BCBS Counter Cyclical Capital Buffer (CCyB) and proposes an alternative more rules based approach.

While banking is procyclical, the capital framework is largely static. The countercyclical capital buffer is discretionary, with potential danger of inaction, and is also limited in scale. This column proposes an expanded capital conservation buffer, which would act as an automatic stabiliser. This could incorporated in the next Basel review and the upcoming Solvency II review.

I have my own preferred alternative approach to the cyclical buffer problem but I agree very much with their critique of the CCyB.

Their post on this question is not long but worth reading.

— Read on voxeu.org/article/automatic-stabilisers-banking-capital

Tony

Author: From the Outside

After working in the Australian banking system for close to four decades, I am taking some time out to write and reflect on what I have learned. My primary area of expertise is bank capital management but this blog aims to offer a bank insider's outside perspective on banking, capital, economics, finance and risk.

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