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Connectedness and ContagionProtecting the Financial System from Panics$
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Hal S. Scott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034371

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034371.001.0001

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Capital Requirements: Basel III Framework

Capital Requirements: Basel III Framework

(p.169) 14 Capital Requirements: Basel III Framework
Connectedness and Contagion

Hal S. Scott

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the Basel III capital requirements. Following the 2008 financial crisis, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued reform proposals for capital regulation, entitled “Basel III,” as part of a series of initiatives sponsored by the Group of 20 (G20) nations. The centerpiece of Basel III is a series of amendments to the capital adequacy standards embodied in the worldwide framework for capital regulation created by Basel I and extensively revised and expanded under Basel II. These amendments specify three broad revisions to the Basel I and II architecture: (1) increases in minimum mandatory bank capital requirements; (2) new measures to control countercyclicality in capital regulation; and (3) new restrictions on what instruments qualify as capital and adjustments to risk-weightings.

Keywords:   capital regulation, capital requirements, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, financial regulation, Basel I, Basel II, regulatory reform, monetary policy

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