The UK’s PRA Publishes Consultation on Basel 3.1

January 19, 2023

In CP16/22 (published on 30 November 2022), the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) sets out plans for implementing the Basel 3.1 standards for calculating risk-weighted assets (“RWA”). Concerned that downward movement in average risk weights (measured by the ratio of RWA to assets) over the last 10 years is due to fairly pervasive underestimation in internally-modelled risk, the PRA is proposing to align with international standards and implement the final Basel 3 package of significant changes to the way firms calculate RWA. The PRA’s aim is to mitigate the threats to confidence caused by degrees of variability in calculation of risk weights and resultant inconsistencies in capital ratios and difficulties in comparing like-for-like.

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