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Changing Regulatory Capital to Include Liquidity and Management Intervention

CHRIS MARRISON (Managing principal at The Capital Markets Company in New York)
TIL SCHUERMANN (Director of research at Oliver Wyman & Company in New York)
JOHN D. STROUGHAIR (Director of Oliver Wyman & Company in new York)

Journal of Risk Finance

ISSN: 1526-5943

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Since 1996, the Bank for International Setdements (BIS) has set the capital level that banks must hold against market risks by a specific formula. This article presents a practical approach for incorporating the effects of asset illiquidity and management response lags in setting regulatory capital levels to account for market risk. According to the BIS guidelines, capital should be a function of the effectiveness of limit management and market liquidity, because actively managing limits and positions can significantly reduce the risk of a trading operation. Although this approach represents an improvement over previous methods of setting capital, significant limitations still remain, namely, liquidity constraints and response lags in management intervention, which increase portfolio risk. The authors suggest specific amendments to the reg‐ulatory capital guidelines that may mitigate both of these limitations


MARRISON, C., SCHUERMANN, T. and STROUGHAIR, J.D. (2000), "Changing Regulatory Capital to Include Liquidity and Management Intervention", Journal of Risk Finance, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 47-54.




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