EBF response to EBA consultation on guidelines on the LCR disclosure (EBA/CP/2016/06)
EBF advisor: Timothy Buenker
Publication date: 25 July 2016
The European Banking Federation supports greater transparency of banks’ liquidity risk management by disclosing useful information rather than over-loading market participants with too much detail.
The disclosure of the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) should be based on good quality data that has been audited. The disclosure of daily LCR calculations would not fulfil this criteria and would be very burdensome and operationally complex with little added value for end users. We suggest the LCR disclosure template to be based on averaged values over monthly observations, already reported to the supervisor.
The scope of application of these guidelines should be aligned with the way banks manage their liquidity and be consistent with any waivers for liquidity reporting.
There should be sufficient time for the transition to the new disclosure requirements. The deadline for the application should be at minimum 6 months from the approval and publication of the final text. A start date of January 2018 coinciding with the phasing in of the full LCR would be preferred.
The EBA should align its Guidelines with the Basel approach and allow respondents to provide their own qualitative inputs which will vary depending on their business model and degree of liquidity and funding risks to which they are exposed.
The proposed Guidelines should only be addressed to competent authorities.
The EBF is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together national banking associations from 45 countries. The EBF is committed to a thriving European economy that is underpinned by a stable, secure and inclusive financial ecosystem, and to a flourishing society where financing is available to fund the dreams of citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere.
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