On April 21, 2016, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a list of jurisdiction specific pre-announced buffer decisions. In December 2010, the Basel Committee published Basel III: a global regulatory framework for more resilient banks and banking systems. As required under Basel III, this document outlines details of global regulatory standards on bank capital adequacy and liquidity, including a countercyclical buffer.

The countercyclical buffer regime will be phased-in in accordance with the capital conservation buffer between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2018 becoming fully effective on January 1, 2019. To assist in bank compliance, jurisdictions can pre-announce buffer levels when raising the countercyclical buffer up to 12 months in advance. A jurisdiction may also announce a decrease in the requisite countercyclical buffer, the effect of which is immediate.

The list includes all Basel Committee member jurisdictions, their pre-announced buffer decisions, and the current buffers in place. Jurisdictions include Argentina, China, France, India, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. The updated list also includes buffer information on the non-member jurisdiction Norway.

The list is available at: http://www.bis.org/bcbs/ccyb/index.htm