U.S. regulators extend deadline for stricter bank capital rules

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U.S. regulators extend deadline for stricter bank capital rules
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US financial regulators, including the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, have extended the deadline to January 16 for comments on their plan to enforce stricter capital rules on large banks. The decision was announced today, Friday.

This plan involves a revision of capital surcharges for the eight largest banks and initiation of data collection from affected entities. The proposals have sparked a conflict with the banking industry over concerns of reduced competitiveness due to enhanced financial stability measures.

Banks with assets over $100 billion are projected to increase their capital reserves by approximately 16%, with the top eight banks facing a 19% rise in capital requirements. This is part of an effort to bolster financial stability and prevent future crises similar to that of 2008.

Midsize firms such as Regions Financial Corp (NYSE: RF ). and KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY ) will also be subject to these stringent rules traditionally applied to larger institutions. These reforms align with Basel III, an international regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis, which saw failures from Silicon Valley Bank (OTC: SIVBQ ) and Signature Bank (OTC: SBNY ), as well as First Republic Bank (OTC: FRCB )'s collapse.

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