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Simplicity, Risk Sensitivity and Comparability: The Regulatory Balancing Act

The is a speech given by Wayne Byres, the Secretary General at Basel Committee on banking Supervision.

In his speech, Wayne Byres talks about finding the right balance for the amount of capital banks should keep as a part of Basel III norms – a suitable minimum amount of capital that was “just right” – not so little that the financial system remained susceptible to the weaknesses revealed in 2007–08, but not so much that banks could not perform their important economic functions. He also stresses on the adequacy of capital relative of the bank’s risk profile, and its comparability over time and between banks.

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