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Bank regulators fail to agree on new rules

SANITAGO, Chile―Regulators failed to clinch a controversial agreement on new global banking rules aiming to prevent a repeat of the 2008 finance crisis, at talks in Chile on Thursday.

The Basel Committee, a forum of international financial authorities, met with banking supervisors to set new global norms for banking stability.

Committee chairman Stefan Ingves told the gathering in Santiago that delegates were close to a deal after two days of talks.

“Discussions focused on the adjustments necessary to adapt to the new global regulatory framework, the revised standardized approach for credit risk, and the growing and important role of supervisory stress testing,” said the Bank for International Settlements, a global central bank, in a statement.

But the delegates for the time being fell short of their aim of finalizing a deal to tighten capital requirements for banks.

Ingves had said Wednesday the committee would oblige some banks to strengthen their capital base to cushion them against financial shocks.

He hoped the members of the forum would approve the new regulations, known as the “Basel III” reforms, in January.

Disagreements have threatened to complicate the reforms.

The United States has been pushing for strict capital requirements.

European governments, regulators and finance groups fear stringent capital requirements will hobble their banks and economies.

Meanwhile US President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate the landmark Dodd-Frank financial reform law adopted in the post-crisis era to protect consumers and the financial system from Wall Street excesses that some argue caused the meltdown.

Topics: Bank regulators , global banking rules , Santiago , Chile

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