Summary: The Basel II Capital Accord represents the most important development in international banking regulation since the original 1988 Accord. Not only is greater risk-sensitivity to be introduced to the minimum capital requirements but also new measures aimed at enhancing supervisory review and market discipline are to be adopted. The industry, economic and policy implications of these reforms frame the debate on The Future of Banking Regulation – the topic of a conference to be held by the Financial Markets Group on April 7th and 8th 2005.

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