Tuesday, November 3, 2015
In Basel II, in which the basic capital requirement for banks was set at 8 percent, it was decided that those credit rated AAA to AA were going to be risk-weighted 20 percent, and those rated below BB- were going to be risk-weighted 150 percent.
That translated into:
AAA to AA rated generating a capital requirement of 1.6 percent and allowing a leverage of bank equity of 62.5 to 1.
Those rated below BB- generating a capital requirement of 12 percent and allowing a leverage of bank equity of 8.3 to 1.
That of course discriminates immensely, odiously, against the fair access to bank credit of those rated below BB-
That of course distorts completely the allocation of bank credit to the real economy.
And I just have to ask… when have ever those rated below BB- represented more dangers than those rated AAA and who could have a too good a rating?