General Electric Co. (GE)’s finance arm is in the final stage of a regulatory review to determine whether it needs extra scrutiny because of the risk that its potential failure would pose to the U.S. economy.
GE Capital Corp. “is under consideration for a proposed determination as a nonbank systemically important financial institution,” Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE said today in a filing. “Such a determination would subject GECC to proposed enhanced supervisory standards.”
The document confirms an October report that GE Capital was under consideration to be deemed systemically important. GE included the same language in a third-quarter filing. Other firms in the final stage of review include insurers American International Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc.
Companies tagged systemically important could see dividends and buybacks curbed as regulators try to head off a repeat of the 2008 crisis that almost destroyed the banking system. The Financial Stability Oversight Council is evaluating which companies must submit to Federal Reserve supervision.
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