9/13/2010

The main governing body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has increased capital ratios for banks but given them until 2018 to fully comply. Regulators are requiring banks worldwide to have common equity of at least 4.5% of assets, and an additional 2.5% will be introduced as a buffer. Banks that don't comply will be barred from paying dividends, according to the committee. The rules also will require lenders to maintain a 6% Tier 1 capital ratio.

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