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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fed Leaves Countercyclical Capital Buffer at Zero

The Federal Reserve has stated that the countercyclical capital buffer for banking organizations using the Basel III advanced approaches will remain at 0%. The buffer is a tool by which the Fed can gradually raise the capital requirements on internationally active banking organizations – typically those with assets of over $250 billion or over $10 billion in on-balance sheet foreign exposures – when there is a risk of meaningfully above-normal losses in the future.

Should the Fed – in consultation with other bank regulators – decide to increase the buffer level, banking organizations subject to it would have 12 months to come into conformance with the higher level.

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