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Bank capital under the microscope – again

Ask any big bank just how much time and money was spent on complying with the latest set of capital rules, and they’ll tell you it was a Herculean effort.

Yet after instituting strict new rules that force banks to hold 7 per cent of common equity against their risk-weighted assets, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is proposing changes to the way the banks calculate their capital ratios.