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US weighs new rules for regional banks, complicating merger plans

U.S. regulators are considering whether to require big regional banks to bolster the financial cushions that protect them in times of crisis, a move that is slowing some ongoing bank mergers.

The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are discussing whether regional lenders should hold more long-term debt that can help absorb losses in a downturn, according to people familiar with the matter. Among the questions under consideration, the people said, is how these requirements should apply to large regional banks now looking to do big deals.


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