Optimal capital may be higher than previously thought – Basel Committee

The Bank for International Settlements, Basel
The Bank for International Settlements, Basel
Ulrich Roth

The optimal level of capital requirements may be higher than previously thought, an updated study by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision finds.

The working paper reviews literature on the costs and benefits of the Basel capital rules, and updates a similar study conducted in 2010. Techniques and data have evolved since then, the authors say, and some studies incorporate new elements of the capital framework, such as total loss-absorbing capacity.

Determining the long-term impact

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