The first Basel agreement on global banking regulation, adopted in 1988, was 30 pages long and relied on simple arithmetic. The latest update, known as Basel III, runs to 509 pages and includes 78 calculus equations.
The debate over whether the U.S.’s largest banks are too big is heating up. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the perception has taken hold among some analysts and economists that certain U.S. institutions are too big to fail, meaning they would have to be bailed out to protect the financial system in the event of another calamity.
Banks are pushing the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to limit information-sharing with states out of concern that attorneys general could file lawsuits based on private data collected by the agency’s examiners.
Customers of IndyMac Bancorp Inc., the California mortgage lender that failed two years ago, would recover some of their $265 million in lost deposits under a proposal offered by House lawmakers to the financial-overhaul bill.