The final text of the net stable funding ratio has improved slightly compared to earlier versions, but the covered bond industry’s hopes for equal treatment relative to senior unsecured debt has fallen on deaf ears. The Council of Europe is expected to adopt the regulation from mid-March before putting it to a parliamentary vote in April.
The net stable funding ratio (NSFR) is a rule which obliges banks to match longer-term assets and liabilities.
Unencumbered mortgages have a required stable funding (RSF) factor of 65%, meaning that a bank that funds these with senior unsecured debt has an NSFR above 100%.
The original Basel