How dumb can Washington be?

It looks like the FDIC and Federal Reserve bank regulators want to force banks to increase their capital requirements to prevent more bank failures, as we saw with Silicon Valley Bank earlier this year.

I am afraid this policy makes as much sense as telling physically fit and trim Americans to go on a diet in order to reduce obesity.

The new regulations would have had NO effect on the SBV failure. But the higher reserve rules will require healthy banks to withhold more than $100 billion from their lending window to comply with the new rules.

This will make it harder for new business start-ups to get loans and start-up capital to open their doors. Even the Fed’s own studies show that banks are NOT under-capitalized.

This rule would come at a time when America needs MORE, not LESS investment…. Go figure.


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Ziad K. Abdelnour, Wall Street financier, trader and author is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a private family office that backs accomplished operating executives in growing their businesses both organically and through acquisitions and trades physical commodities – mostly oil derivatives – throughout the world.