The federal banking regulatory agencies have announced the availability of a regulatory capital estimation tool to help community banking organizations and other interested parties evaluate recently published regulatory capital proposals.
According to the agencies, the new tool will assist in estimating the potential effects on their capital ratios of the agencies' Basel III Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) and Standardized Approach NPR. The tool is intended to help institutions estimate the potential effect the proposals could have on their capital ratios.
In June 2012, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency approved joint proposals for comment that would revise their current regulatory capital standards. The public comment period for these proposals ends on Oct. 22.
The Basel III NPR focuses primarily on strengthening the level of regulatory capital requirements and improving the quality of capital. The Standardized Approach NPR proposes a number of enhancements to the risk-sensitivity of the agencies' capital standards. However, the agencies stress that the new tool should not be relied on as an indicator of an institution's actual regulatory capital ratios and is not part of the NPRs nor of any final rules that the agencies may adopt.