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US banking regulators temporarily expand easier bank leverage requirements

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The new rule gives banks the option of excluding holdings in Treasury securities of deposits held at the US Federal Reserve from calculating their "supplemental leverage ratio", which directs larger banks to hold more capital against their assets.

[WASHINGTON] US banking regulators announced on Friday they were temporarily easing a leverage requirement for depository institutions by allowing banks to ignore certain safer assets and continue lending.

The new rule gives banks the option of excluding holdings in Treasury securities of deposits held at the US Federal Reserve from calculating their "supplemental leverage ratio", which directs larger banks to hold more capital against their assets.

The rule builds on similar relief provided to bank holding companies by the Fed in April during the new coronavirus outbreak.

REUTERS

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