Pity the French…
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Pity the French…
Here’s a list from the Federal Reserve of good and bad practices by bank holding companies tasked with planning how to stay capitalised under its stress tests and big forward-looking capital reviews. (Ergo: “…designing an internal capital planning process that simply seeks to mirror the Federal Reserve’s stress testing is a weak practice“.)
It doesn’t name names. More’s the pity. Read more
This is one way to respond to the mess Euroland is in over who should make the calls for recapitalising banks…
The European Banking Authority is delaying its next banking stress test to 2014, to wait for both new asset-quality reviews and the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (so is it to wait for Wolfgang Schaeuble?): Read more
A grateful hat tip to the FT’s Shahien Nasiripour for constructing and sending us the following basic spreadsheet.
It shows the discrepancy between the Fed’s estimates of how the largest banks would perform in its latest stress test scenario, versus how the banks themselves said they would fare (click to enlarge): Read more
The Oliver Wyman report landed last week. The headline was that Spain’s banks would need almost €60bn in new capital and that seven out of the 14 Spanish banks under review failed the ‘bottom up’ test.
The actual recap figure was €59.3bn, falling to €53.7bn because banks are allowed to count in both mergers in which they’re involved and deferred tax assets. We expressed some scepticism about those DTA’s and the rather hopeful proposition that… Read more
That’s €51.8bn (how precise) from Roland Berger… and €62bn from Oliver Wyman…
Update — Here are the reports in full (click images for docs): Read more
Bank of America told regulators last year that it would sell its Texas retail unit and offload its US Trust wealth management arm if forced to raise capital in a stressed market, says the WSJ. The Fed required BofA to submit the capital-raising plans last year, and the list will form part of this year’s US bank stress tests. BofA said it could issue common stock before selling these businesses. An exit from Texas would mark a milestone for BofA: it acquired its footprint there in 1989 during the Savings & Loan crisis, as its first major national acquisition.
In a note released on Tuesday, GMO, the global asset management firm headed by Jeremy Grantham, writes that ”European banks need tons of money” to correct capital shortfalls. This much, we know.
But the five scenarios used by Richard P. Mattione, the firm’s head of macroeconomic research, for why banks will need to raise much more capital should prove familiar to FT Alphaville readers. Mattione uses data from the July EBA tests and July BIS data, so be warned. In fact, there are a few points here that seem to be behind the results of the latest EBA efforts. Read more
Update – FT Alphaville has heard that the answer to this question is in fact… yes. See below for more details.
The official EBA numbers on European bank capital shortfalls are out. In aggregate it’s €114.7bn. Read more
… same as the old Fed stress tests.
At least that’s the prediction of Nomura’s Glenn Schorr, whose note published on Thursday plays down any expectations that the forthcoming Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR, or “stress test”) will lead to increases in share buybacks or dividends. Read more
Updated — We’ve added a bit more on how the EBA might treat convertible bonds as part of the capital targets. Also see the FT’s reporting on the issue.
At some point on Wednesday, eurozone governments will say they want banks to find an unspecified amount capital, based on revised sovereign haircuts which… we still don’t know a lot about.
We know that sovereign bond positions will be marked down, or up, according to market values. (When the values will be taken, we don’t know either. Imagine marking five-year Italian debt at dates before and after this summer’s ECB intervention, for example.) We know at the very least that this all fits into a 9 per cent core tier one capital ratio target. Read more
Are you confused by the ‘facts’ and figures on the latest bank stress test?
These charts (click to expand) from Morgan Stanley’s Huw Van Steenis should help. Read more
Momentum is gathering behind the view that banks plan to shrink their way out of trouble – reducing risk-weighted assets, the denominator of capital ratios, rather than increasing equity, the numerator, explains the FT. This is in response to the EBA turning the stress tests up to nine (or maybe 10), according to FT Alphaville. German banks, however, protest that any risk assessment of European banks should be based on the current concept of capital requirements, and should not anticipate the Basel-III rules that are only supposed to come into effect from 2019, reports the FT. However, even if banks do seek to raise additional capital in private markets, they may find themselves facing an investor boycott, according to Bloomberg.
(Reuters) European Union banking regulator EBA has demanded that lenders achieve a core tier one ratio of at least seven per cent in the current round of internal stress tests, banking and regulatory sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
It remains unclear whether capital that qualifies as core tier one will be defined according to rules known as Basel III, or whether an earlier version, known as Basel 2.5 will be applied, these sources said… Read more
A predictably furious response from RBS to the FT’s front page splash on Friday. Read more
For now, the European Banking Authority’s 2011 stress tests are a starting point to determine the potential bill for recapitalising euro banks for their sovereign exposure. Most analyst estimates of capital needs — those big juicy €100bn, €200bn numbers that you come across– also tend to work from the EBA numbers.
That’s got us thinking about the test results again. In the first instance, about accounting for sovereign write-downs. And then in the second instance, about the treatment of deferred tax assets. Read more
Or the trouble “reviewing bank capital positions” — euphemism du jour from the European Banking Authority.
The EBA’s denied on Thursday that they’ll do actual new stress tests on banks in order to model bigger write-downs of peripheral sovereign debt and possibly identify where more capital is needed, as the FT reported. This worries us regarding how useful any EBA input will be. Read more
Nervousness is growing in Whitehall that the government might have to inject further capital into RBS as part of a European effort to recapitalise the continent’s banking system, the FT reports, quoting an unnamed government official who said: “[RBS’s] sovereign exposure is not fundamentally worrying but if there is a broader European drive to recapitalise the banks it’s conceivable they may need more government money.” RBS received the world’s biggest bail-out during the financial crisis, at a cost of £45bn to the UK taxpayer. In the EBA’s July stress tests, which applied virtually no writedowns for eurozone peripheral bond holdings, RBS, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and UniCredit had stress test results in a grey area above the minimum but below 7 per cent. Once sovereign haircuts – likely to range from 20 per cent on Spain up to 65 per cent on Greece – are applied, those numbers will fall, in some cases sharply.