Calculating IRB formula for capital requirements in Basel II – The HangZhou Constant

By: Fred Vacelet, Eureka Financial Faculty The Basel II text, in its IRB (Internal Rating Based) formula for capital requirements, ignores a few unpleasant properties of the calculations when PDs are low: capital requirements negative, division by 0, non-monotonicity, to name but a few. Above a PD of 0.03% (the minimum for non-public entities), we […]

FATCA – 6 basic concepts you need to know

By Stanley Epstein, Eureka Financial The United Sates’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was written into law in March 2010 and became operative on 1 July 2014. The objective of the legislation was to ensure that United States taxpayers with foreign bank accounts and certain types of offshore (that is non-US) assets complied with […]

Here comes the MiFID II

By Stanley Epstein, Eureka Financial The original Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) came into force in November 2007. MiFID brought competition to the trading procedures in the European Union. Under MiFID investment firms could operate throughout the EU on the basis of the ‘authority’ of their home EU Member State. MiFID also introduces a […]

Exploring GATCA – The Global FATCA

By: Treasury Insider Last month, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) came into effect, forcing overseas banks that accept US payments to disclose account information to the IRS or face 30% withholding tax. The OECD has now introduced Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) guidelines to help countries standardise these rules for non-US transactions.   Nicknamed “GATCA”, […]

The real cost of FATCA implementation

By: International Adviser FATCA was implemented worldwide at the beginning of this month, but the impact (and costs) are only now just beginning to filter through to the financial services community. (…) The UK Government estimates it will cost UK financial institutions up to £1.6bn to implement FATCA in this country, with ongoing costs of […]

Are you ready for FATCA?

  FATCA came into effect on 1st of July requiring foreign banks to report their offshore accounts. To facilitate an orderly transition the United States IRS will refrain from rigorously enforcing many of the requirements during 2014 & 2015, as long as foreign financial institutions (FFIs) are making a good-faith effort to achieve compliance. This […]

New enhanced solution for FATCA by Thomson Reuters

By: Market Watch  Thomson Reuters announced today enhancements to its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Grandfathered Obligations (GO) solution to include material modifications flags. The new material modifications feature will help financial institutions, including custodian banks, better determine the FATCA eligibility of financial instruments when and if an underlying debt modification occurs and changes […]

UK leading in the European Hedge Funds sector

By: SecuritiesLendingTimes.com According to Preqin’s research the majority of new hedge funds setting up in Europe have chosen to do it in the UK. Approximately 50% of all known European hedge fund launches in 2013 and 2014 took place there. (…) The UK far eclipses other countries in Europe in terms of total hedge fund AUM, […]

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