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Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.


Article 4 Conditions for use of the simplified approach

  1. (1)

    Institutions may apply the simplified approach described in this Chapter only if the sum of the absolute value of fair-valued assets and liabilities, as stated in the institution's financial statements under the applicable accounting framework, is less than EUR 15 billion.

  2. (2)

    Exactly matching, offsetting fair-valued assets and liabilities shall be excluded from the calculation of paragraph 1. For fair-valued assets and liabilities for which a change in accounting valuation has a partial or zero impact on Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") capital, their values shall only be included in proportion to the impact of the relevant valuation change on CET1 capital.

  3. (3)

    The threshold referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply on an individual and consolidated basis. Where the threshold is breached on a consolidated basis, the core approach shall be applied to all entities included in the consolidation.

  4. (4)

    Where institutions applying the simplified approach fail to meet the condition of paragraph 1 for two consecutive quarters, they shall immediately notify the relevant competent authority and shall agree on a plan to implement the approach referred to in Chapter 3 within the following two quarters.

Article 5 Determination of AVAs under the simplified approach

Institutions shall calculate AVAs under the simplified approach as 0,1 % of the sum of the absolute value of fair-valued assets and liabilities which are included within the threshold calculation laid down in Article 4.

Article 6 Determination of total AVAs calculated under the simplified approach

For institutions applying the simplified approach, the total AVAs for the purpose of Article 1 shall be the AVA resulting from the calculation of Article 5.