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Bank Capital Ratios -- Bolstered After Crisis -- Begin Shrinking Once Again

After the crisis, regulators pushed banks to get stronger. The biggest U.S. institutions more than doubled their tangible common equity ratios -- to an average of about 8 percent of assets (or, by international accounting standards, closer to 6 percent of assets). That's an achievement, and better than in Europe, but the starting point was so low that they still fall short of what's needed.
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