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The number of US banks expected to implement Basel II is now likely to be twice the number unveiled to a stunned international banking community during Congressionaltestimony in February, according to Roger Ferguson, vice-chairman of the US FederalReserve. Ferguson, in a comment in this month’s Risk (see page 63), saysUS agencies now expect Basel II to apply to 20 US banks. These banks accountfor two thirds of all US bank assets and 99% of US bank assets held internationally.

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