PRA published the policy statement PS16/21, which updates the supervisory statement SS11/13 on internal ratings based UK mortgage risk-weights and provides feedback to responses to the associated consultation paper CP14/20. This consultation had included proposals to introduce two complementary expectations on the level of mortgage risk-weights in UK for banks applying the internal ratings-based approaches. The proposals in CP14/20 garnered 10 comments, wherein respondents were generally not in favor of the proposed minimum expectations, with concerns being raised against the proposed 7% risk-weight minimum expectation for individual UK mortgage exposures. The consultation process resulted in certain amendments, with changes to SS11/13 having been scheduled to take effect from January 01, 2022.
In response to the feedback received, PRA has made two changes to the draft policy as consulted on:
- PRA will not introduce the proposed 7% minimum risk-weight expectation on individual UK mortgage exposures. Instead, PRA will consider carefully the calibration of the incoming probability of default (PD) and loss given default (LGD) parameter floors for mortgage exposures as part of the implementation of the Basel 3.1 standards. Revised PD and LGD parameter minimum values will be consulted on as part of the the implementation of the Basel 3.1 standards.
- Mortgage exposures classified as "in default" will be excluded from the 10% average minimum risk-weight expectation
Not introducing the minimum risk-weight expectation on individual UK mortgage exposures will mean that the mortgage risk-weights below the proposed value will continue to be permitted. Firms that would have been impacted by the proposal through increases to their mortgage risk-weights, and the corresponding capital requirements, will no longer be impacted by it. As part of the full implementation of the Basel 3.1 standards, PRA plans to carefully consider calibration of the incoming PD and LGD parameter floors for mortgage exposures. These minima were agreed by BCBS, but PRA will consider whether higher levels would be more appropriate in the UK to reflect concerns about low individual mortgage risk-weights. This would allow for a simpler framework than the original proposal consulted on, by having one less floor covering individual mortgage exposures. PS16/21 has been designed in the context of the end of Brexit transition and any references to the EU or EU-derived legislation refer to the version of that legislation that forms part of the retained EU law.
Effective Date: January 01, 2022
Keywords: Europe, UK, Banking, Mortgage Risk Weights, PS16/21, CP14/20, SS11/13, Credit Risk, Basel, Regulatory Capital, IRB Approach, Probability of Default, Loss Given Default, PRA
Dr. Denton provides industry leadership in the quantification of sustainability issues, climate risk, trade credit and emerging lending risks. His deep foundations in market and credit risk provide critical perspectives on how climate/sustainability risks can be measured, communicated and used to drive commercial opportunities, policy, strategy, and compliance. He supports corporate clients and financial institutions in leveraging Moody’s tools and capabilities to improve decision-making and compliance capabilities, with particular focus on the energy, agriculture and physical commodities industries.
Previous ArticleOSFI Consults on Approach to Address Operational Risk and Resilience
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has published the findings of its latest climate risk self-assessment survey conducted across the banking, insurance, and superannuation industries.
The French Prudential Supervisory Authority (ACPR) published a notice related to the methods for calculating and publishing prudential ratios under the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL).
The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the Bank for International Settlements recently published a paper proposing a framework for classifying financial stability regulation as either entity-based or activity-based.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) published the risk dashboard based on Solvency II data and the final version of the application guidance on climate change materiality assessments and climate change scenarios in the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA).
The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Central Bank (ECB) published their responses to the consultations of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) on sustainability-related disclosure standards.
A Consultative Group on Risk Management (CGRM) at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published a report that examines incorporation of climate risks into the international reserve management framework.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published the final guidelines on liquidity requirements exemption for investment firms, updated version of its 5.2 filing rules document for supervisory reporting, and Single Rulebook Question and Answer (Q&A) updates in July 2022.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published Version 2.8.0 of the Solvency II data point model (DPM) and XBRL taxonomy.
The European Union published, in the Official Journal of the European Union, an opinion from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); the opinion is on the proposal for a regulation to amend the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).
HM Treasury published a draft statutory instrument titled “The Financial Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022,” along with the related explanatory memorandum and impact assessment.