by Quantifi and Kauri Solutions
The Basel Committee’s overhaul of the market risk capital framework marks a major change to previous versions. FRTB is likely to have a substantial influence in the way firms are organised, and their approach to measuring and reporting risk. For example, at desk level there will be a requirement to monitor SA capital in addition to IMA. Banks need to decide whether the costs associated with operational and IT change is justified. Are more complex products likely to pay for themselves given the majority of the life of a trade will need to be calculated with SA as opposed to IMA? What is the impact of CVA charges?
co-authored by Jon Gregory, Solum Financial Partners
The global financial crisis brought counterparty credit risk and CVA very much into the spotlight. The Basel III proposals first published in December 2009 introduced changes to the Basel II rules and the need for a new capital charge 'CVA VaR' against the volatility of CVA. There are two ways for banks to compute CVA VaR, so-called standardised and advanced methods, which depend on their current regulatory approval with respect to other aspects. Furthermore, there is the potential to reduce the capital charges via eligible hedges. This whitepaper explores the capital charges under the two regimes and the capital relief that can be achieved.