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Agencies Release a Capital Estimation Tool for Assessing the Effects of Proposed Capital Rules


Sept 24 - The federal banking regulatory agencies have announced the availability of a regulatory capital estimation tool to help community banking organizations and other interested parties evaluate recently published regulatory capital proposals. The tool will assist these organizations in estimating the potential effects on their capital ratios of the agenciesí Basel III Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Standardized Approach NPR.

In June 2012, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency approved joint proposals for comment that would revise their current regulatory capital standards.  The public comment period for these proposals ends on October 22, 2012. The Basel III NPR focuses primarily on strengthening the level of regulatory capital requirements and improving the quality of capital. The Standardized Approach NPR proposes a number of enhancements to the risk-sensitivity of the agenciesí capital standards.

The tool is intended to help institutions estimate the potential effect the proposals could have on their capital ratios. It should not be relied on as an indicator of an institutionís actual regulatory capital ratios and is not part of the NPRs nor of any final rule(s) that the agencies may adopt.

The estimation tools are available for banks, savings associations and their holding companies at