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Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Joint Press Release

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
National Credit Union Administration
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
For immediate release
August 5, 2011

Agencies Issue Guidance on Federal Debt

Earlier today, Standard & Poor's rating agency lowered the long-term rating of the U.S. government and federal agencies from AAA to AA+. With regard to this action, the federal banking agencies are providing the following guidance to banks, savings associations, credit unions, and bank and savings and loan holding companies (collectively, banking organizations).

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 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.

Media Contacts:
Federal Reserve Board Susan Stawick 202-452-2955
FDIC David Barr 202-898-6992
NCUA David Small 703-518-6336
OCC Bryan Hubbard 202-874-5307

 

 
Last update: August 5, 2011