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U.S. Regulatory Capital: Basel III Final Rules

Key takeaways and highlights for U.S. banks


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On July 2, 2013, the Federal Reserve (Fed), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released Regulatory Capital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Basel III, Capital Adequacy, Transition Provisions, Prompt Corrective Action, Standardized Approach for Risk-weighted Assets, Market Discipline and Disclosure Requirements, Advanced Approaches Risk-Based Capital Rule, and Market Risk Capital Rule. The Fed and OCC are adopting Basel III as a final rule. The FDIC is adopting it as an interim final rule until the supplementary leverage ratio notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) is finalized.

This paper offers a summary of and observations about the rules, noting that advanced banks continue to feel the pressure, while smaller banks are likely to be feeling some relief. It also:

  • Presents some key takeaways about changes in the final rule
  • Notes implementation timelines
  • Offers a view of what’s next for banks
  • Provides highlights about the capital numerator, capital buffers and leverage ratios, risk-weighted assets standardized and advanced approaches rules
  • Outlines highlights of the supplementary leverage ratio and market risk NPRs

 

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