ECB banking supervision provides temporary relief for capital requirements for market risk

On 16 April 2020, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a temporary reduction in capital requirements for market risk, by allowing banks to adjust the supervisory component of these requirements.

The main purpose of the temporary relief is to, apart from smoothing procyclicality, to preserve the banks’ ability to provide market liquidity and to continue market-making activities.

Accordingly, the supervisory measure in relation to the qualitative market risk multiplier has been reduced by the ECB to counteract the increase in the quantitative multiplier.

The latter decision will be reviewed in six months’ time on the basis of observed volatility.

Link to the ECB press statement here.