Basle regulators hope for SMEsolution by mid-June


BASLE, SWITZERLAND -- Global banking regulators said in late April they were optimistic they could resolve by mid-June the vexed question of the treatment of lending to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the Basle II bank capital adequacy accord.

And German business leaders were told around the same time by William McDonough, chairman of the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision, that the likelihood is that bank loans to SMEs would attract lower capital charges than loans to larger

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