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Basel II: panacea or a missed opportunity?

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  • Maximilian J.B. Hall

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At end-June 2004, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision finally issued the "New Capital Accord" ("Basel II"), following endorsement by G10 bank supervisors. The Accord replaces the original accord agreed in July 1988 and implemented by most major international banks since 1993. Publication followed years of exhausting work by the Committee to improve upon the original in the light of market developments, advances in risk management and revealed deficiencies in the operation of the current scheme. This article traces the evolution of Basel II, focussing on the post-2000 period. The Impact of the three rounds of consultation on the final shape of the Accord is explored, as is the role played by the Quantitative Impact Studies (particularly, "QIS3"). Finally, Basel II is assessed from a "cost-benefit" standpoint, and outstanding concerns are identified.

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  • Maximilian J.B. Hall, 2004. "Basel II: panacea or a missed opportunity?," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 57(230), pages 215-264.
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    1. Yan, Meilan & Hall, Maximilian J.B. & Turner, Paul, 2012. "A cost–benefit analysis of Basel III: Some evidence from the UK," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 73-82.
    2. Trenca Ioan & Zoicas-Ienciu Adrian, 2010. "The Correlation Between The Market Risk And The Liquidity Risk In The Romanian Banking Sector," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 437-442, July.

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    Keywords

    Bank; Banking;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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