IIF Response to Federal Reserve Vice Chair Michael Barr's Remarks on Bank Capital

July 10, 2023

Today, Institute of International Finance (IIF) CEO and President Tim Adams issued the following statement in response to remarks by Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr:

“The financial system has proven it is resilient and well-capitalized. With the economy still processing historic shocks and a potential slowdown looming on the horizon, constraining the financial sector’s capacity to support growth and economic activity – especially at this moment -- is puzzling and counterproductive. Through lending and vibrant capital markets, the financial sector is critical for economic growth, capital formation, job creation and prosperity.

The final set of Basel III changes was not intended to increase capital requirements. Effective regulation should be fit for purpose, reflecting the dynamic and ever-evolving competitive environment in which financial institutions operate.

We look forward to reviewing and responding to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s holistic review of bank capital requirements once it is made available.”


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