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Banking Agencies Issue Guidance on Federal Debt

Posted on 8/8/2011

Standard & Poor's historic downgrade of the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ will not affect banks' regulatory treatment of government securities, federal regulators said in guidance issued Friday night.

"For risk-based capital purposes, the risk weights for Treasury securities and other securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, government agencies, and government-sponsored entities will not change," the guidance stated. "The treatment of Treasury securities and other securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, government agencies, and government-sponsored entities under other federal banking agency regulations, including, for example, the Federal Reserve Board's Regulation W, will also be unaffected."



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