The History of Bank Capital Requirements

The History of Bank Capital Requirements

Tim Skeet

35 years: Debt capital markets

Tim outlines the changes that have been made to capital requirements for the financial institutions, starting with the publication of the Basel Capital Accord in 1988.

Tim outlines the changes that have been made to capital requirements for the financial institutions, starting with the publication of the Basel Capital Accord in 1988.

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The History of Bank Capital Requirements

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Overview

Several iterations of bank capital standards have been published in recent decades under the guidance of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (established under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements). Starting with what has come to be known as Basel I, these standards have introduced ever-more sophisticated and detailed rules designed to ensure banks hold sufficient high-quality capital and liquid assets and retain access to funding in a crisis.

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the basis of the Basel I capital standard

  • Identify how Basel II furthered the work of Basel I

  • Learn the new elements that Basel III introduced

  • Recognise the additional elements that Basel IV introduced

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