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    MAS Consults on Credit Risk Capital and Output Floor Requirements

    March 25, 2021

    MAS proposed standards for credit risk capital and output floor requirements for banks incorporated in Singapore, with the comment period ending on April 26, 2021. The proposed standards will be covered in the MAS Notice 637 on risk-based capital adequacy requirements. Also published were the associated proposed reporting schedules for credit risk capital, capital ratio, capital buffers, and output floor requirements. In addition to the consultation, MAS also published its response to the feedback received on the May 2019 proposals on credit risk capital and output floor requirements.

    The amendments proposed in the current consultation consider the feedback received on the May 2019 consultation as well as the MAS response to feedback on the May 2019 proposals on credit risk capital and output floor requirements. In the consultation from May 2019, MAS had proposed revisions to the risk-based capital requirements and leverage ratio requirements for banks incorporated in Singapore; these revisions were proposed to implement the final Basel III reforms published by BCBS, covering the minimum capital requirements for market risk (published in January 2019) and the revised standards for credit risk, credit valuation adjustment, operational risk, output floor, and the leverage ratio (published in December 2017). 

    In this consultation paper, Annex B on credit risk capital and output floor requirements sets out the proposed MAS Notice 637 provisions (with proposed changes highlighted in red), including the reporting forms. MAS is seeking comments on the draft provisions for credit risk capital requirements in Part II (Definitions), Part VI (Definition of Capital), Part VII (Credit Risk), and Part XII (Reporting Schedules) and on the draft provisions for the output floor requirements in Part II (Definitions), Part IV (Capital Adequacy Ratios and Leverage Ratio), Part V (Output Floor), and Part XII (Reporting Schedules) of the MAS Notice 637 in Annex B. MAS had earlier announced that it will implement the revised standards for credit risk capital and output floor from January 01, 2023, with the transitional arrangements provided for implementation of the output floor till January 01, 2028. At a later date, MAS plans to also consult on other reporting schedules under Part XII and on other elements of:

    • Part II for other areas of the Basel III reforms, including definitions of terms related to market risk and credit valuation adjustment capital requirements (used in the draft provisions included in this consultation paper)
    • Capital adequacy ratios and leverage ratio under Part IV for other areas of the Basel III reforms
    • Part VI on definition of capital

     

    Comment Due Date: April 26, 2021

    Keywords: Asia Pacific, Singapore, Banking, Basel, Reporting, Regulatory Capital, Credit Risk, Output Floor, Notice 637, MAS

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