Reserve Bank weighs dropping liquidity coverage ratio to free up R320bn in lending
It is also considering lowering the specified minimum requirement of capital and reserve funds to be maintained by banks
In a move that could free up at least R320bn in lending, the SA Reserve Bank is considering letting banks dip into their capital buffers to help the economy navigate the effects of nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the respiratory disease-causing coronavirus.
The Bank said in a statement on Saturday it is considering lowering the liquidity coverage ratio — which requires banks to hold cash, or high-quality liquid assets such as stock, that match or exceed projected cash outflows over a 30-day period — and the specified minimum requirement of capital and reserve funds to be maintained by banks. ..