The Basel III agreement, written by the global Basel Committee,
aims to tightens capital requirements after the 2007-09
financial crisis. The bulk of the rules are being implemented,
but final elements are gridlocked by disagreement.
"I sincerely hope that we can reach a balanced agreement among
Basel Committee members by next autumn," Villeroy, who is also
governor of the Bank of France, told a financial services
conference in Paris on Wednesday.
Efforts to wrap up the talks have so far floundered over a
proposed "floor" which would mean capital cannot fall below 75
percent of the "standard" approach set out by regulators and
used by most lenders, while big banks use models to add up risks
"Should the output floor be set at too high a level, the
consequences in terms of the reduction of risk sensitivity and
the increase in capital requirements would be unacceptable: for
example, a 75 percent output floor would affect half of
international banks," Villeroy said.
He added that bank solvency had become less of a pressing issue
for financial stability than liquidity of non-banks, various
investment vehicles and funds hat have seen the levels of assets
they hold surge since the financial crisis.
Villeroy said authorities should conduct "system-wide" liquidity
stress tests to get a grip on potential risks of a "fund-run"
when markets get tough.
(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Andrew Callus)
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