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Basel Regulators Agree to Boost Banks’ Capital Ratios

Regulators from 27 nations said banks worldwide need to have common equity equal to at least 4.5 percent of assets weighted according to their risk profiles, with a buffer of 2.5 percent.

Lenders will also be required to have a Tier 1 capital ratio of at least 6 percent, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision said in a statement today. The rules will be phased in from 2013 until the end of 2018.

The capital ratios proposed to the committee when it met on Sept. 7 were 5 percent for common equity, with a 2.5 percent buffer for bad times, and 6 percent for Tier 1 with a 3 percent buffer.

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