capital requirements

Why Basel III's New Bank Capital Rules May Be Irrelevant

International bankers are hammering out the Basel III agreement, which will require banks to keep more capital in reserve relative to what they invest. It's a good idea, and one that would cushion the financial system from the next bust -- if the rules weren't being pushed so far into the future.

Global Deal Reached on Bank Finance Reforms

The so-called Basel III reforms impose new rules for capital reserves that the world's banks would have to keep on hand as a cushion to avert future financial meltdowns. The G20 nations are expected to ratify the agreement at their meeting in November.

A Wall Street Lawyer's Take on Financial Reform

Winthrop Brown, a Washington lawyer who lobbies on behalf of financial services firms, says the new regulations should get fairly high marks from Wall Street -- and from Main Street. But will they prevent another economic meltdown?