January 07, 2013 at 07:40 AM EST
Comments from Mervyn King on LCR changes
Global banking rules make no sense at all to me. Each CB need only mind the banks its insures. But until that’s understood we have to suffer through this nonsense. “This was a compromise between competing views from around the world,” Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said at a briefing following yesterday’s meeting. King [...]

Global banking rules make no sense at all to me.
Each CB need only mind the banks its insures.

But until that’s understood we have to suffer through this nonsense.

“This was a compromise between competing views from around the world,” Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said at a briefing following yesterday’s meeting. King chairs the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision, or GHOS, which decides on global bank rules. “For the first time in regulatory history we have a truly global minimum standard for bank liquidity.”

Banks and top officials such as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pushed for changes to the LCR, arguing that it would choke interbank lending and make it harder for authorities to implement monetary policies. Lenders have warned that the measure might force them to cut back loans to businesses and households.

“The new liquidity standard will in no way hinder the ability of the global banking system to finance a global recovery,” King said. “It’s a realistic approach. It certainly did not emanate from an attempt to weaken the standard.”

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