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May 4, 2012

Banks face tougher trading capital rules

Bank trading desks face a new threat to their profitability after global regulators unveiled proposals on Thursday to force them to hold more capital against the risk of heavy losses when markets freeze.

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s “fundamental review of the trading book” aims to close loopholes that have allowed banks to cut capital requirements by parking assets in their trading books.

Bankers and lawyers said the proposals, if approved, would push up capital requirements and could making buying and selling assets – as opposed to holding them to maturity – far less profitable.

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