By Peter L. Bernstein
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In particular, it is important to realise that the Leverage and the Capital ratio are requirements on the balance sheet “from left to right”, and the reserve ratio is a requirement “from right to left”: often, the assets on a balance sheet are also referred to as the left side of the balance sheet, and liabilities as the right side. In practice, for the Leverage and Capital ratios, ﬁrst we calculate the assets or the RWA on the left side, and from that we calculate what is the minimum equity needed on the right side.
This is very important too as, otherwise, very few savers will be willing to lend their money to borrowers. In this way, banks facilitate the transfer of credit throughout the economy and, as a result, they are central to economic activity. We will stop on this topic here for now, but those interested can read more on this subject in Appendix A. The reader can see now how this credit facilitation is registered in the bank’s balance sheet through the banking book. 3. Banks transfer and mitigate economic risk Let’s use our BMW versus Apple Computer example.
This process will not be automatic and may take a few days, depending on the size and the complexity of the portfolio and the corresponding hedges. The potential loss that we may experience from the market moves in the hedges, from the time a default is declared until we have been able to close the hedges, is the “close-out” risk. It has been reported that in the Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy, the typical close-out time was ﬁve to ten days. Hence, even if the portolio is fully collateralised, we are exposed to a few days of potential market moves against us.