The 1st of January 2016 saw certain changes to the capital calculation under CRD IV which will affect COREP reporting returns due 12th May 2016 covering the reporting period of 1st January 2016 to 31st March 2016.
The new buffers are not firm specific and are not designed to address firm specific issues, which can still be addressed by other means. Rather, they are intended to address systemic issues by providing an additional monetary policy tool which, for the UK, is controlled by the Monetary Policy Committee.
The new buffers apply to a relatively small population of firms. They apply to Banks and to some investment firms. However, there are exemptions for SMEs and micro enterprises.
The two new capital buffers for COREP reporting are: