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February 24, 2014

US regulators say 8 big banks can use internal models for capital

“U.S. regulators on Friday said eight big U.S. banks could use their own, tailored risk models to determine their capital requirements in the future.

“Banks must rely less on debt and more on capital raised from shareholders as part of a global agreement to bolster the financial system after the 2007-2009 crisis.

“That agreement, known as Basel III, calls for banks and their regulators to consider the riskiness of firms’ assets when they determine their capital requirements.

“Under rules being implemented by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the biggest U.S. banks will use their own models for judging their riskiness. These are seen as more sophisticated than across-the-board requirements.”

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