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Observations about the impact of a downturn period on the main components of the LGD Model

The concept of an economic downturn was designed to address potential adverse macroeconomic conditions within estimations of the Internal Ratings-Based (IRB) risk parameter models. The regulatory definition of a downturn was first introduced in the earliest Basel II regulation, however, there were no strict rules and no detailed guidance on how the downturn period should be identified, and how a downturn adjustment should be estimated. The whole regulatory and risk management community within the European Central Bank (ECB) regulated single market spent significant time developing and updating the downturn methodology of their respective financial institutions. In this blog article we will talk about the latest regulatory requirements on this topic and will discuss the impact of a downturn period on the main components of the LGD Model.

EBA guidelines on reporting and disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to COVID-19

On June 2nd, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a guideline with new reporting and disclosure templates to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on European banks. The revised templates are to be reported for the first time per June 30th, giving banks very limited time to implement the necessary changes.

Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview

Closed factories and shops, cancelled events, travel bans, wide-ranging curfews – the Corona crisis turns out to have dangerous and sudden effects on the global economy. The dramatic meltdown of leading stock markets in recent weeks seems to reflect the fears of a long-lasting recession. For some people, this brings back bad memories of the financial crisis back in 2008. Although “this time is different” [credits to Reinhart/Rogoff], the financial sector is facing severe second-order effects, including:

  • An unprecedented wave of distressed and defaulted clients leading to a sharp increase in loan loss provisions and thus serious P&L hits
  • Deterioration and high volatility of prices for bonds and equities that serve, e.g. as liquid assets or collateral

Besides, banks themselves need to cope with multiple operational challenges resulting from the extensive shutdown, e.g. working from home as a trader within a highly regulated environment or managing ongoing on-site inspections and important implementation projects “remotely”.

Therefore, besides several short-term measures to support companies, employees and self-employed people, the governments and respective competent authorities also agreed on various temporary reliefs for banks to ensure that they “can continue to fulfil their role to fund households and corporations amid the coronavirus-related economic shock to the global economy” [ECB].

PwC is committed to to be side by side with our clients in these difficult times, in any way possible to support institutions deal with the many challenges they are facing. Part of this commitment includes informing our clients proactively and help to analyze the potential impact of this crisis and related measures. Through this Regulatory Blog, we will continuously provide you with updates on regulatory and supervisory measures and share our views on how these could affect banks. (this time only in English since we have a steadily growing number of international readers – thank you for your understanding!). Information in German on the impact on the German Banking & Capital Market are available here: Banken und Kapitalmärkte – Auswirkungen durch COVID-19

Please do not wait to contact us whenever you need our support – be it in understanding and analyzing the impact of the crisis and the potential measures or in coping with the operational challenges in these extraordinary times. And most important: Please stay healthy and take good care of you and your loved ones!

EBA consultation on Future of Stress Test: old wine in new bottles?

On 22 January 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a discussion paper on possible future changes to the EU-wide stress test. The proposed new stress test framework changes the current approach significantly and will challenge both banks and supervisors. In the new framework, two calculation legs are introduced. First, the supervisory leg mirrors the current framework enhanced by additional top-down components. Second, within the so-called bank leg the EBA proposed a revised methodology that finally breaks with the inflexibility of the constrained bottom-up approach. This change in paradigm will lead to changes regarding governance, processes, implementation and execution of the stress test exercise as well as model development resulting in an additional effort for banks.

Happy Birthday – 10 Jahre Regulatory Blog!

 

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

Ende November 2009 sind wir mit unserem Regulatory Blog gestartet – damals für uns noch ein recht neues Medium und daher auch ein kleines Experiment mit ungewissem Ausgang. Der Trend zur zunehmenden Nutzung elektronischer Informationswege und die damit verbundene Veränderung der Kommunikationswege hatten uns bewogen, mit dem Regulatory Blog eine flexible und reaktionsschnelle Plattform mit großer Reichweite zu schaffen. Wir wollten mit unserem Regulatory Blog über regulatorische Änderungen und Reformen kurz, prägnant und zeitnah informieren – und tun dies mittlerweile kontinuierlich seit zehn Jahren. Ein kurzer Rückblick auf einige der Meilensteine sei daher erlaubt:

Basel IV-Channel: The EBA’s reforms impact study and key recommendations – Part II: Recommendations

At the beginning of August 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its report on the EU Commission’s Call for Advice on the finalisation of Basel III. The EBA report includes a quantitative analysis of the estimated impact based on data from 189 banks, and a set of policy recommendations. Part I of our Basel IV-Channel episodes covered the results of the Quantative Impact Study (QIS).

Our current Basel IV channel episode:

„The EBA’s Basel III reforms impact study and key recommendations Part II – Recommendations“

focus on the policy recommendations to the implementation of the Basel III reforms in the EU. 

Basel IV-Channel: The EBA’s reforms impact study and key recommendations – Part I: QIS results

Welcome back to the Basel IV-Channel after the summer break.

At the beginning of August 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its report on the EU Commission’s Call for Advice on the finalisation of Basel III. The EBA report includes a quantitative analysis of the estimated impact based on data from 189 banks, and a set of policy recommendations. 

Our current Basel IV channel episode:

„The EBA’s Basel III reforms impact study and key recommendations – Part I: QIS results“

presents the main elements of  the EBA report in two parts.

Die neue Partial Use-Philosophie des BCBS und der EBA

Die neue Partial Use-Philosophie des Baseler Ausschuss für Bankenaufsicht (BCBS) und der EBA könnte der erste Schritt zu einer Wiederbelebung des IRB-Ansatzes sein. Sowohl Institute, die den IRB-Ansatz zukünftig anwenden wollen, als auch Institute die den IRB-Ansatz bereits heute anwenden, werden von der größeren Flexibilität und Kostensenkungen profitieren.

Die neuen EBA Leitlinien zur Auslagerung (EBA/GL/2019/02)

Am 25. Februar 2019 wurden die umfangreichen Leitlinien der European Banking Authority (EBA) zum Umgang mit Auslagerungen veröffentlicht (Guidelines on outsourcing arrangements (EBA/GL/2019/02)). Die EBA Leitlinien sollen ein einheitliches Rahmenwerk für Auslagerungen durch CRR-Institute, Zahlungsinstitute und E-Geld-Institute schaffen. Sie ersetzen die bisherigen CEBS Guidelines von 2006 und die EBA „Recommendations on outsourcing to cloud service providers“ von 2017 (EBA/REC/2017/03). Im Juni 2018 ging ein Konsultationspapier voraus, auf dessen Basis eine öffentliche Anhörung erfolgte. In der finalen Fassung wurde im Vergleich dazu der Proportionalitätsgedanke noch stärker betont und weitere Erleichterungen für die Auslagerung von nicht-kritischen/nicht-wichtigen Funktionen eingeführt.

Die EBA Leitlinien zur Auslagerung treten am 30. September 2019 in Kraft, d.h. für alle ab dem 30. September 2019 abgeschlossen Auslagerungsverträge müssen die neuen Vorgaben beachtet werden. Für bestehende Auslagerungen gilt eine Übergangsfrist bis zum 31. Dezember 2021. Für viele Institute ergibt sich daraus erheblicher Handlungsbedarf.

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