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Fed Will Require Banks to Increase Capital, Tarullo Says

Friday, 04 Nov 2011 01:27 PM

The Federal Reserve will compel the largest U.S. banks with $50 billion or more in assets to take “affirmative steps” to increase capital during the phase-in of higher capital standards.

“The Federal Reserve will require bank holding companies that are subject to our proposed capital plan rule, generally companies with $50 billion or more in total assets, to take affirmative steps to improve capital ratios, such as external capital raises, when those steps would be needed to meet each Basel III transition target on time,” Tarullo said in the text of a speech in Washington. He was referring to the international bank capital agreement in Basel, Switzerland.

Global regulators in June said banks deemed too big to fail must hold as much as 2.5 percentage points in additional capital as part of efforts to prevent another financial crisis. The additional capital buffers will range from 1 percentage point to 2.5 percentage points, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision said. U.S. banking regulators are also under orders by the Dodd-Frank Act to impose heightened standards on the biggest U.S. banks to curtail systemic risk.

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