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Uk Banks Could Need Extra 50 Billion Pounds Under 'basel Iv' - Kpmg

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UK banks could need an extra 50 billion pounds to deal with extra capital requirements being layered on top of the incoming 'Basel III' package of global banking regulations, consultancy KPMG warned on Tuesday.

KPMG said the introduction of a 'leverage ratio' that requires banks to hold a minimum level of capital against their total assets, and restrictions on the way banks calculate the 'risk-weighted' assets which figure in regular capital adequacy ratios could together trigger the 50 billion pounds demand.

"The outlines of ‘Basel Four' are already becoming visible, five years before the technical implementation deadline for Basel Three," said Giles Williams, partner in Financial Services at KPMG. "Care needs to be taken that the banks are not being asked to do too much too soon."

Wow Basel IV already being talked about years before Basel III is even implemented!

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Is this some EU thing? Isnt the US actually dropping reserve requirements now?

Expect Cameron and Boris to suddenly do a U-turn say that the EU is a threat to our economy and possibly humanity itself if his beloved city of London is put at risk.

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