Higher Capital
Requirements
Have a Price Tag

And it’s paid by all Americans, through:

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More expensive and fewer loans for families and businesses

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Slower U.S. economic growth

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Disruptions to key financial markets

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Increasing financial risk by pushing activity outside of the regulated sector

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Reduced U.S. economic competitiveness

“Increased capital requirements can negatively impact economic growth by raising the cost of lending and reducing the availability of financing for corporations and consumers.”

PwC, Basel III Endgame: The next generation of capital requirements, April 2023

“Capital and liquidity levels at our largest, most systemically important banks are at multi-decade highs.”

Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell, January 2022

Financial Services Forum and SIFMA Basel III Endgame Comment Letters

The Financial Services Forum and SIFMA have submitted comment letters on the proposed Basel III Endgame. If implemented, this proposal would lead to a substantial and unwarranted increase in capital requirements for the largest U.S. banks, which will negatively impact the cost and availability of lending, lead to market disruptions, and have broad impacts throughout our economy.

The Latest News

Fortune: Top economist warns of ‘unintended consequences’ from a banking regulation that will touch every corner of the economy

February 22, 2024

The Basel III Endgame proposal won’t just be costly for banks, it will have “unintended consequences” for consumers and businesses across the United States, warned former Federal Reserve governor Randall Kroszner in his recent analysis.

American Banker: The Basel III rule would hamstring small businesses like mine 

February 15, 2024

“Small-business owners like me are alarmed at the prospect of Basel III capping our nation’s creative and entrepreneurial wellspring,” writes the founder and CEO of Ethel’s Baking Co.

Politico Pro: Regulators face bipartisan Basel III concerns at House hearing

January 31, 2024

“House Democrats aired concerns Wednesday over capital requirement increases proposed by Biden-appointed banking regulators, illustrating the bipartisan pressure on the agencies to change some aspects of the Basel III Endgame proposal.”

The nation’s largest banks are strong and resilient, with significant capital that helps ensure they can support the economy in times of stress.

In the past two decades, the nation’s largest banks have greatly increased both the quantity and quality of capital – a cushion that helps banks absorb losses and continue to serve clients, customers, and communities. They have nearly tripled their common equity tier 1 capital, the highest quality of regulatory capital. They have also taken a number of other measures to build resiliency.

A Solution Looking
for a Problem

In the past two decades, the nation’s largest banks have greatly increased both the quantity and quality of capital – a cushion that helps banks absorb losses and continue to serve clients, customers, and communities. They have nearly tripled their common equity tier 1 capital, the highest quality of regulatory capital. They have also taken a number of other measures to build resiliency.

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