Basel Committee looks at tier-one capital quality

Banks are likely to face dramatically different requirements on capital quality as soon as confidence returns to the markets. These will include a 'soft target' of 75% for equity capital - up from 50% today - and the possible abolition of two-tier capital, according to a senior regulator. The changes are part of a package of measures currently being discussed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which are expected to render irrelevant a set of imminent amendments to Europe's capital

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