U.S. banks face challenge with SLR, new Basel rules

03/3/2014 | Risk magazine (subscription required)

The tighter U.S. supplementary leverage ratio combined with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's final leverage ratio rule would put U.S. banks in a bind, writes Lukas Becker. "The tougher ratio will deal a heavy blow to certain businesses -- custody, repo and derivatives trading, for example," Becker notes, adding that "when it comes to derivatives, one option is to clean house."

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