Frequently asked questions on the Basel III leverage ratio framework

July 2015

In January 2014, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published the Basel III leverage ratio framework and disclosure requirements together with the public disclosure requirements applicable as of 1 January 2015. To promote consistent global implementation of those requirements, the Committee has agreed to periodically review frequently asked questions (FAQs) and publish answers along with any technical elaboration of the standards text and interpretative guidance that may be necessary.

The document  published today sets out the first and second set of FAQs that relate to the Basel III leverage ratio framework. The questions and answers are grouped according to different relevant areas:

(i) criteria for the recognition of cash variation margin associated with derivative exposures;

(ii) centrally cleared client derivative exposures;

(iii) exposures and netting of securities financing transactions (SFTs);

(iv) the treatment of netting of SFTs and derivatives under a cross-product netting agreement;

(v) the exposure measure under the additional treatment for credit derivatives; and

(vi) the treatment of long settlement transactions and failed trades.