On December 10, 2015, the Basel Committee on Banking Standards published a second consultation on revisions to the Standardized Approach for credit risk. The consultation seeks to address concerns raised during the first consultation which proposed that references to external ratings for exposures to banks and corporates be removed and that those exposures should be assigned risk weights based on two risk drivers. The Basel Committee is therefore proposing that different approaches should be adopted, depending on whether a jurisdiction prohibits the use of external ratings for regulatory purposes. For exposures to banks: (i) in jurisdictions that allow the use of ratings for regulatory purposes, ratings would be the primary source to determine risk weights for rated exposures, subject to due diligence  requirements; and (ii) in jurisdictions that do not allow the use of ratings for regulatory purposes and for unrated exposures in all jurisdictions, exposures would be classified into three different buckets, subject to certain criteria being met. The Basel Committee is also proposing revised approaches for exposures to corporates, secured by real estate, multilateral development banks, retail and defaulted exposures and off-balance sheet items. Responses to the consultation are due by March 11, 2016.

The consultation is available at: http://www.bis.org/bcbs/publ/d347.pdf.