BANK 3.3.1 Introduction

(1) The capital adequacy framework contains 2 additional measures for conserving capital through the capital conservation buffer and the counter-cyclical capital buffer.
(2) The capital conservation buffer promotes the conservation of capital and the build-up of a buffer above the minimum in times of economic growth and credit expansion, so that the buffer can be drawn down in periods of stress. It imposes an obligation to restrict a firm's distributions when capital falls below the capital conservation buffer minimum.
(3) The counter-cyclical capital buffer is a macroprudential tool that can be used to mitigate the build-up of a system-wide risk such as excess aggregate credit growth. It is intended to ensure that the banking system has a buffer of capital to protect it against future potential losses.
(4) These 2 buffers and other requirements on capital are set out in this Part.
Amended by QFCRA RM/2015-3 (as from 1st January 2016).