The lobbying for and against the Bank of International Settlements' proposals for reforming the Basle capital adequacy standards is getting into full swing in the run-up to the deadline for comment on March 31.

The Association of German Mortgage Banks, for instance, is asking the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision to maintain the preferential 10% risk weighting for investors who hold pfandbriefe, rather than change it to the 20% rating that top rated asset-backed securitizations will attract if the proposals are implemented as they stand.

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