Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
OSFI is releasing the final version of the Total Loss Absorbing Capacity (TLAC) guideline for implementation on September 23, 2018. The TLAC Guideline sets out the framework within which the Superintendent will assess whether a D-SIB maintains its minimum capacity to absorb losses pursuant to subsection 485(1.1) of the
D-SIBs are expected to meet their TLAC requirements on or before November 1, 2021. Public disclosure of D-SIBs’ TLAC ratios will begin for the fiscal quarter commencing on November 1, 2018 as set out in OSFI’s forthcoming TLAC Disclosure Requirements guideline.
The attached table in Annex 1 summarizes material comments received during public consultations and provides an explanation of how the comments have been addressed in the guideline. We thank those who participated in the consultation process.
Questions and comments on the guideline should be sent to Liane Orsi, Capital Specialist, Capital Division (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Carolyn RogersAssistant SuperintendentRegulation Sector
CAR GuidelineChapter 2, Section 2.3
The treatment of TLAC holdings should not be very punitive as it may lead to less liquidity in the bond market as banks will be less willing to hold inventory of instruments issued by other banks.
Some stakeholders also suggested amendments to the market-making exemption set out under paragraph 97, including eliminating the requirement to deduct holdings that have been held for more than 30 business days and applying the deduction to TLAC instead of Tier 2 capital.
No change. This treatment implements the BCBS standardFootnote 2 on TLAC holdings finalised in October 2016 and builds on the existing regulatory adjustment for holdings of regulatory capital instruments issued by financial institutions. The purpose of these restrictions is to discourage interconnectedness in the financial sector and mitigate the risk of contagion.
The risks of such contagion were highlighted in the 2008 financial crisis. Given this regulatory objective, OSFI has determined it is appropriate to: (1) apply the TLAC holdings standard to institutions’ holdings of Other TLAC Instruments issued by both G-SIBs and Canadian D-SIBs; and (2) subject Canadian D-SIBs to the more stringent standards applicable to G-SIBs.
Principles on Loss-Absorbing and Recapitalisation Capacity of G-SIBs in Resolution: Total Loss-absorbing Capacity (TLAC) Term Sheet. (FSB: November 2015).
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TLAC Holdings Standard (BCBS: October 2016)
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