The US Federal Reserve on Tuesday moved to toughen capital requirementsfor the country’s largest banks, saying their size and stretch could threaten the overall financial system.
The Fed said it was preparing to implement new capital and liquidity rules outlined by an international banking pact on nearly three-dozen banks with assets over $50 billion.
Rebuffing resistance from some of the country’s most powerful financiers, the Fed said it would apply the extra-tough standards of the Basel III pact on 29 “globally systemically important banks.”
That could mean even tougher standards for the eight American banks and bank holding companies on that list: Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Citigroup,Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, State Street and Wells Fargo.
“The recent financial crisis showed that some financial companies had grown so large, leveraged, and interconnected that their failure could pose a threat to overall financial stability,” the Fed said in a statement.