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Banks Should Hold 20% Capital, Bank of England’s Miles Says

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Banks should hold between 17 percent and 20 percent of capital relative to risk weighted assets as an “optimum” average David Miles, a policy maker at the Bank of England, said in a speech in Oxford, England today.

“Having too little capital is very costly,” Miles said. “Having too much loses you a bit.”

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