RBI eases norms for foreign banks

RBI eases norms for foreign banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has eased norms for foreign banks to help them meet capital adequacy requirement as per the central bank norms.

“A few banks represented that debit balances in the head office account due to placements with the overseas branches may happen as a part of normal banking business and complete denial of such exposure may not be practical and consistent with the principle of non-disruptive regulation,” RBI said.

Accordingly, it has been advised to include some of the net overseas placements with head office or other overseas branches or other group entities to be calculated as Tier-I capital or equity capital. 

If the above exceeds 10 per cent of the bank’s minimum capital adequacy ratio requirement, the amount in excess of this limit would be deducted from Tier I capital or equity capital, it said. 

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