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February 20, 2014

Fed Adopts Foreign-Bank Rule as World Finance Fragments

“The Federal Reserve approved new standards for foreign banks that will require the biggest to hold more capital in the U.S., joining other countries in erecting walls around domestic financial systems.

“Banks with $50 billion of assets in the U.S. will have to meet the standard under a revised rule approved yesterday, which raised the threshold from $10 billion proposed in 2012. The central bank left out two controversial elements of the original proposal, saying those were still being developed.

“Walling off U.S. units of foreign banks, designed to protect taxpayers from having to bail them out in a crisis, may increase borrowing costs for those companies and hurt their profitability. The firms say it will also raise borrowing rates for governments and consumers.”

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“Better Markets Inc., a consumer advocacy group, said the new rules are a win for U.S. taxpayers and the global financial system.

“No one should forget that it was the U.S., not the U.K., France, Germany or any other country, that bailed out and prevented the collapse of the global financial system in 2008,” said Dennis Kelleher, the group’s president.”

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