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The standardised approach for measuring counterparty credit risk exposures

March 31, 2014: “The Basel Committee’s final standard on The standardised approach for measuring counterparty credit risk exposures includes a comprehensive, non-modelled approach for measuring counterparty credit risk associated with OTC derivatives, exchange-traded derivatives, and long settlement transactions. The new standardised approach (SA-CCR) replaces both the Current Exposure Method (CEM) and the Standardised Method (SM) in the capital adequacy framework. In addition, the IMM shortcut method will be eliminated from the framework once the SA-CCR takes effect, which is scheduled for 1 January 2017.  The Committee’s objective in undertaking this work was to develop a risk sensitive methodology that appropriately differentiates between margined and unmargined trades, and provides more meaningful recognition of netting benefits than either of the existing non-modelled approaches. The SA-CCR limits the need for discretion by national authorities, minimises the use of banks’ internal estimates, and avoids undue complexity by drawing upon prudential approaches already available in the capital framework. It has been calibrated to reflect the level of volatilities observed over the recent stress period, while also giving regard to incentives for centralised clearing of derivative transactions.”

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