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

“The U.S. financial system, with $23 trillion in assets, is a large, complex system set up to serve the needs of individuals, corporations, and governments of all sizes.”

SIFMA Research Quarterly - Financial & Research Data, April 2024

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

National Housing Conference: Worse than anticipated – the proposed rule on bank capital is a partisan mistake.

September 13, 2023

“The proposed rule would increase the risk weighting of bank-originated mortgages with down payments below 20%, discouraging banks from making loans to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.”

WSJ: Rising deposit costs and capital needs are making lenders pickier, at the cost of growth

September 13, 2023

Rising deposit costs and capital needs are making lenders pickier, at the cost of growth.

Bloomberg: Bigger Financial Cushions Won’t Solve Banks’ Woes

September 12, 2023

Former NY Fed President Dudley: “more capital isn’t the right solution for every problem.”

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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