Fed Toughens Rules For Large Foreign Banks

WASHINGTON (February 18, 2014) The Federal Reserve will require the largest foreign banks operating in the United States to hold higher levels of capital reserves to protect against potential loan losses in move intended to prevent the types of threats that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.

The requirements are similar to those already adopted for big U.S. banks.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen, presiding at her first public meeting of the central bank's board, says the changes will "help address the sources of vulnerability" exposed by the crisis.

The rules were adopted by a 5-0 vote.

Foreign banks objected to the changes, arguing that the stricter rules would raise the cost of doing business in the United States and reduce the loans they could provide.

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