RBNZ to rethink capital requirements

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is to re-examine the country’s capital framework and potentially make changes to key aspects of the regime.

New Zealand already operates with a “conservative bias”, deputy governor Grant Spencer said on March 7. The RBNZ restricts banks’ use of internal models and has not implemented some aspects of Basel III, such as the internally modelled approach to market risk.

However, he noted prudential regulators in Australia had recommended bolstering Australian

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