The capital ratio conundrum

Regulatory capital

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Having written off more than $500 billion since the beginning of the credit crisis, banks have been rushing to raise capital in recent months. So far, about $325 billion of fresh capital has been injected into the global financial system, according to Bloomberg, and it seems this trend will continue for a while. Although some banks have raised capital to strategically position themselves in the current market environment, most banks need funding to improve their regulatory capital ratios.

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