FDIC’s Hoenig warns on relaxing bank capital requirements

In letter to Senate committee, regulator claims big banks are less well-capitalised

Thomas Hoenig
Thomas Hoenig
Steve Daszco

Thomas Hoenig has warned against diluting post-crisis regulations, rejecting the claim expressed, among others, by US president Donald Trump that higher capital requirements hamper economic growth.

The vice-chairman of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) made the warning in a letter to the Senate banking committee, dated July 31.

“The ‘Global Capital Index’, created by the FDIC in 2013, provides a direct comparison of bank capital positions. This index has consistently shown

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