Basel III monitoring results published by the Basel Committee

21 March 2019

On 20 March 2019, the Basel published the results of its latest Basel III monitoring exercise, based on data as of 30 June 2018. Through a rigorous reporting process, the Committee regularly reviews the implications of the Basel III standards for banks, and has been publishing the results of such exercises since 2012.

The final Basel III minimum requirements are expected to be implemented by 1 January 2022 and fully phased in by 1 January 2027. On a fully phased-in basis, the capital shortfalls at the end-June 2018 reporting date are €30.1 billion for Group 1 banks at the target level. These shortfalls are more than 70% smaller than in the end-2015 cumulative QIS exercise, thanks mainly to higher levels of eligible capital. For Group 1 banks, the Tier 1 minimum required capital (MRC) would increase by 5.3% following full phasing-in of the final Basel III standards relative to the initial Basel III standards. This compares with an increase of 3.2% at end-2017. The increases in both shortfalls and the change in MRC over the last six months are driven partly by a higher market risk contribution; this does not yet reflect the finalisation of the market risk framework published in January 2019, which is expected to offset the increases to some extent. By excluding all revisions to the market risk framework, the current end-June 2018 data show increases in Tier 1 MRC of 1.7%, 1.5% and 8.3% for Group 1 banks, G-SIBs and Group 2 banks, respectively, compared to 1.7%, 1.2% and 5.3% six months earlier.

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