Small US banks free to use standardised approach

The regulator, which has mandated that the largest internationally active US banks must follow the advanced approaches for calculating their credit, market and operational risk exposures under Basel II, will allow smaller institutions to pursue the less complex, less costly but also less risk-sensitive standardised approaches.

Under the initiatives floated in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR), smaller and regional institutions will have to increase the number of risk-weighted categories to

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