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Basel Committee Cracks Down on Banks Window-Dressing Ahead of G-SIB Scores

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The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision met last week to take stock of recent market developments and risks to the global banking system and discuss policy and supervisory initiatives. One issue on the agenda was global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) and window dressing. Building on discussion at its previous meeting, the committee looked at empirical analyses that highlight window-dressing behaviour by some banks in the context of the framework for G-SIBs. Such regulatory arbitrage seeks to temporarily reduce banks perceived systemic footprint around the reference dates used for the reporting and public disclosure of G-SIB scores.

As noted previously by the committee, window-dressing by banks undermines the intended policy objectives of the committee’s standards and risks disrupting the operations of financial markets. To that end, the committee agreed to consult on potential measures aimed at reducing window dressing. The consultation paper, and an accompanying working paper summarising the empirical analyses, will be published next month.

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