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Banks Face Basel Push to Prepare for Interest Rate Change

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Banks are set to face tougher international rules on the capital they must have on hand to cope with a change in interest rates after regulators raised concerns that current standards may be too flimsy to fully capture the risks.

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, a group bringing together regulators such as the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, proposed overhauling its current rules for interest-rate risk, including possible binding standards on how banks should measure their resilience to shock rate changes, and on the capital they should have to cover potential losses.