More On Bank Capital Rule Revisions

The Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and the OCC want your input on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) that focuses on bank capital rules:

“the agencies’ market risk capital rules for banking organizations with significant trading activities. The amended NPR includes alternative standards of creditworthiness to be used in place of credit ratings to determine the capital requirements for certain debt and securitization positions covered by the market risk capital rules. The proposed creditworthiness standards include the use of country risk classifications published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for sovereign positions, company-specific financial information and stock market volatility for corporate debt positions, and a supervisory formula for securitization positions.”

Any time one combines Basel III with Dodd-Frank and several government agencies, it can become a little muddled. Here’s the full notice.

Agencies are indeed trying to clarify their supervisory and enforcement responsibilities for Federal Consumer Financial Laws. Remember (who can forget) that Dodd-Frank provides the CFPB with exclusive supervisory and primary enforcement authority over “Large Institutions,” defined as institutions with total assets exceeding $10 billion. The prudential regulators retain supervisory and enforcement authority over their respective institutions falling under that threshold. But the devil is in the details: the Dodd-Frank Act does not specify how or when to calculate total assets for purposes of applying the threshold. Here’s the joint statement.