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Author Le Leslé, Vanessa, author

Title Revisiting risk-weighted assets : "why do RWAs differ across countries and what can be done about it?" / Vanessa Le Leslé and Sofiya Avramova
Published [Washington, D.C.] : International Monetary Fund, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (48 pages) : illustrations
Series IMF working paper ; WP/12/90
IMF working paper ; WP/12/90
Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Tables; Figures; Boxes; A. RWAs are an Important Component of Capital Ratios; 1. Capital Ratios Under Basel III Use Several Versions of the Basel Regime; B. Why Do We Need to Look at RWAs?; 1. Overview of Key Concerns Resulting from Current RWAs Calculation Practices; A. Comparing Capital Ratios Globally is Difficult; 2. Comparison of Core Tier 1 over RWAs, Leverage Ratio and Core Tier 1 Equivalent; 3. Leverage Ratio and RWA Density for a Sample of 14 Global Banks with a 9 Percent Core Tier 1 Ratio (or equivalent)
4. Ranges of CT1 and of RWA Density by Ratings and Distribution of Ratings for the 14 Banks with a 9 percent Core Tier 1 RatioB. RWAs and Total Asset Variations across Regions and ver Time; 5. Evolution of RWA over Total Assets (1998-2011) across Regions; A. Overview of Factors Influencing RWAs; 2. Main Factors of Differences in RWA Densities across Jurisdictions and Banks; B. External Parameters; 6. Regulatory Frameworks in 25 Systemically Important Jurisdictions; 7. RWA Density by Regulatory Standards; 8. Acounting Standards in 25 Systemically Important Jurisdictions
9. Default Rate by Region (1996-2010) and by Rating AgencyC. Bank-related Parameters; 10. RWA Densities for all Banks in our Sample Grouped by Region and by Business Model; 11. Breakdown of RWAs by Credit, Market and Operational Risks; 3. Minimum, Median, and Maximum Risk-weights Attributed to Categories of Credit Risk; 12. Minimum, Maximum, and Average Risk-Weights by Region for Different Categories of Credit Risk; 13. Basel 2.5 and Basel III Impact on RWAs; 14. Breakdown of Wholesale Assets; 15. Value at Risk for Market Risk under Basel II
D. Certain RWA Differences May Warrant Particular Attention1. U.K. Financial Services Authority (FSA) Survey of RWA Practices; 2. Are There Some Anomalies in the Treatment of Covered Bonds?; A. Objectives of RWA Reforms; B. Policy Options to Reform RWAs Should Rely on a Multipronged Approach; 16 a and b. Reforming RWAs Has to Rely on a Combination of Measures; 17. Possible Options to Reform the Existing RWA Framework; 4. Some Policy Options to Revisit the RWA Framework; Appendices; I. Evolution of the Regulatory Capital Framework; II. Methodology and Sample Description
III. Standard and Poor's (S & P) Risk-Adjusted Capital (RAC) FrameworkReferences; VI. Conclusion; V. What Can be Done to Restore Confidence in RWA?; IV. Key Drivers of Differences in RWA Calculations; III. What Are The Key Concerns About RWAs?; II. Risk-weighted Assets, Capital, and the Regulatory Framework; I. Introduction; Footnotes
Summary In this paper, we provide an overview of the concerns surrounding the variations in the calculation of risk-weighted assets (RWAs) across banks and jurisdictions and how this might undermine the Basel III capital adequacy framework. We discuss the key drivers behind the differences in these calculations, drawing upon a sample of systemically important banks from Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. We then discuss a range of policy options that could be explored to fix the actual and perceived problems with RWAs, and improve the use of risk-sensitive capital ratios
Notes "March 2012."
At head of title: Monetary and Capital Markets Department
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Title from PDF title page (IMF Web site, viewed March 29, 2012)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Bank assets -- Econometric models.
Bank capital -- Econometric models.
Banks and banking -- State supervision -- Econometric models.
Financial risk management -- Econometric models.
Form Electronic book
Author Avramova, Sofiya, author
International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department, issuing body
ISBN 1475510977