Scandinavia Seeking To Reduce Banking Leverage

Scandinavia is once again showing it won’t wait for the European Union when it comes to banking regulation as the AAA rated region moves to curb financial industry leverage.

After beating the EU in setting rules for too-big-to-fail banks, Sweden and Denmark are now exploring the option of imposing a leverage ratio years before most of the rest of Europe does so, and with tougher limits on gearing than recommended by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Eagerness to regulate in areas neglected by the EU is growing among Europe’s richest nations, where record-low interest rates are distorting asset prices. A leverage ratio — a measure of capital to assets before they’ve been weighted for risk — will help national regulators catch banks understating loss probabilities, said Jesper Rangvid, the head of Denmark’s government-appointed crisis commission. His report, released last week, showed excessive leverage at Danske Bank A/S almost destabilized the entire Danish economy in 2008.

“At the moment, it is difficult for the Financial Supervisory Authority,” Rangvid said in an interview. “That’s why we need some minimum level so that a bank holds a certain level of equity in the end.”


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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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