Basel II

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Basel II is the second of the Basel Accords, which are recommendations on banking laws and regulations issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The purpose of Basel II, which was initially published in June 2004, is to create an international standard that banking regulators can use when creating regulations about how much capital banks need to put aside to guard against the types of financial and operational risks banks face. Advocates of Basel II believe that such an international standard can help protect the international financial system from the types of problems that might arise should a major bank or a series of banks collapse. In theory, Basel II attempted to accomplish this by setting up risk and capital management requirements designed to ensure that a bank holds capital reserves appropriate to the risk the bank exposes itself to through its lending and investment practices. Generally speaking, these rules mean that the greater risk to which the bank is exposed, the greater the amount of capital the bank needs to hold to safeguard its solvency and overall economic stability.

Objective

The final version aims at:
  1. Ensuring that capital allocation is more risk sensitive;
  2. Separating operational risk from credit risk, and quantifying both;
  3. Attempting to align economic and regulatory capital more closely to reduce the scope for regulatory arbitrage.


While the final accord has largely addressed the regulatory arbitrage issue, there are still areas...
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