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, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 81–97 | Cite as

The long ‘journey’ of banks from Basel I to Basel IV: has the banking system become more sound and resilient than it used to be?

  • Marco BodelliniEmail author


The amount of capital that banks have to hold has been raised over time due to the adoption of the increasingly demanding standards issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Accordingly, in December 2017, the so-called Basel IV standards have been published with the final aim of further increasing the capital of banking institutions. Despite the criticisms, capital requirements are an effective tool to enhance the soundness of banks and in turn to help maintain financial stability. Nevertheless, the need still arises to make the legal framework increasingly less ‘one-size-fits-all-driven’, more conscious of the subjective differences among market participants and thereby more efficient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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