I flatter myself that I was one of the first bloggers (although far from the first academic) to comment on the need for anti-cyclical capital rules. Three years later, this is becoming accepted wisdom
. People still seem to think that identifying the cycle is difficult. I'm sure it is not, and I identified a number of indicators that could be used to set capital levels in my book
. Now the BIS annual report
has reviewed several possible indicators: credit spreads, changes in real credit provision, and a composite indicator that combines the credit/GDP ratio and real asset prices. And, rather unsurprisingly, they all work to a reasonable degree.
Labels: Basel, Capital, Regulation