Three recent regulatory initiatives could impact the ABCP market:

  1. Net Stable Funding Ratio Proposal - In January 2014, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a Consultative Document presenting a net stable funding ratio (NSFR) requirement that will require banks to maintain a stable funding profile in relation to the composition on their assets and off-balance sheet activities.  Comments are due on April 11, 2014.
  2. Leverage Ratio Requirement - In January 2014, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published its final Basel III leverage ratio framework and disclosure requirements, which will act as a supplement to the risk-based capital requirements.  Banks will be required to publicly disclose their Basel III leverage ratio on a consolidated basis from the date of publication of their first set of financial statements relating to a balance sheet on or after January 1, 2015.
  3. Regulation AB II Re-Open - In February 2014, the SEC re-opened the comment  period for Regulation AB II to solicit further public comment on a new approach to disseminate potentially sensitive asset-level data.  More specifically, the SEC is considering requiring issuers to make asset-level information available to investors and potential investors on a restricted Web site, rather than being filed on EDGAR.  The comment deadline is March 28, 2014.

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