CNB leaves countercyclical capital buffer rate at 2.5%

The CNB Bank Board decided today to leave the countercyclical capital buffer rate for exposures located in the Czech Republic at 2.5%.

When making its decision, the Bank Board took into account the current position of the Czech economy in the financial cycle, size of accumulated cyclical risks in banking sector and the evolution of its vulnerability. It also took into consideration the appreciable growth in geopolitical and economic uncertainty, which is creating potential for increased and faster materialisation of the cyclical risks accumulated in the financial system.

The countercyclical capital buffer was introduced as an important macroprudential policy instrument in the European Union in 2014. Obliged institutions are required to create this buffer on the basis of the regulator’s instructions in periods of excessive growth in lending. Excessive lending growth usually increases financial imbalances and leads to a rise in systemic risk. By contrast, at times of falling economic activity, accompanied by rising credit losses, this buffer should be released so that non-financial corporations and households continue to have access to loans without excessively tight conditions.

More details on this decision are available in the Provision of a general nature on setting the countercyclical capital buffer rate for the Czech Republic III/2022, which will be published on 16 September 2022.

Petra Vodstrčilová
CNB Spokesperson