Fed tells banks relaxed COVID capital rules ending

The relaxed rules will end March 31

The Federal Reserve told U.S. banks that capital requirements loosened as the coronavirus pandemic raged will return to normal at the end of the month.

As of March 31, bank requirements to meet the so-called supplementary leverage ratio will snap back to pre-pandemic levels. The eased rules were part of the Fed's emergency actions to stabilize the financial system, Treasury market and to boost lending.

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"To ease strains in the Treasury market resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote lending to households and businesses, the Board temporarily modified the SLR last year to exclude U.S. Treasury securities and central bank reserves," the Fed said in a statement. "Since that time, the Treasury market has stabilized."

DOW TUMBLES AS FINANCIALS DRAG ON FED NEWS

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
JPM JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. 169.62 +1.85 +1.11%
GS THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC. 413.00 +1.86 +0.45%
BAC BANK OF AMERICA CORP. 47.68 +0.61 +1.30%
WFC WELLS FARGO & CO. 51.08 +1.05 +2.10%

Financial stocks dipped on concerns banks may need to shift capital to meet the requirements. However, the change is also a sign the U.S. economy is stabilizing.

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