What exactly is K? Is it a percentage? Is it a dollar amount? Is it comparable to a risk weight? Is it comparable to the 8% in the standardized approach? It is mentioned a few times but it always seems to be in circular references. Thanks! Shannon

K = PD * LGD * F(M)= % it is the risk weight under IRB methods, since we r no longer using standarized approach RW. capital requiremen = k*Adjusted exposure * 8% RWA, = k * AE * 12.5

Ibrahim, thank you, I answered similarly here http://www.bionicturtle.com/forum/t...ngle-risk-factor-operational.2136/#post-17200

Hi Imad, No, capital charge (K) in Basel IRB is nearer to the opposite of ROE than similar. Say a loan asset represents an exposure of $10 million; i.e., asset = exposure = $10 MM. And assume the net realized return on the loan is $300,000 per year ROE represents a return (reward) that is unconcerned with risk (its key weakness). For example, if $9 MM debt (e.g., deposits) plus $1 MM equity fund the purchase of the asset, the loan's ROE = 0.3/1.0 = 30%, which can be boosted with more leverage (more debt) On the other hand, maybe the loan is a BBB corporate with risk weight = 100%, such that K = 8% such that the REGULATORY capital charge for the loan = 8% * $10 MM exposure = $800,000. This is a regulatory risk requirement. So, one is "return" and the other is "risk" but also one is accounting based (ROE) and the other is regulatory (K). Thanks,