Bank capital standards: the new Basel Accord

Quarterly Bulletin 2001 Q1
Published on 01 March 2001

By Patricia Jackson of the Bank’s Financial Industry and Regulation Division.

The 1988 Basel Accord was a major milestone in the history of bank regulation, setting capital standards for most significant banks worldwide—it has now been adopted by more than 100 countries. After two years of deliberation, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has set out far-reaching proposals for revising the original Accord to align the minimum capital requirements more closely with the actual risks faced by banks.

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