Gina Chon and Tom Braithwaite
Financial Times
April 8, 2014

US regulators have held out the prospect of more draconian measures after ratcheting up capital requirements for the biggest US banks – from JPMorgan Chase to Goldman Sachs – forcing them to hold at least $68bn in additional capital.

A new “leverage ratio” will force the eight largest US banks to hold a minimum of 5 per cent equity to total assets to absorb losses in a crisis and proposes adopting a more stringent way of calculating the rule.

The leverage ratio is supposed to be a backstop to other capital rules that are “risk-weighted”. It does not allow banks to use their own models, which some critics have warned allows institutions to game the system.

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