The US Federal Reserve Board voted Friday to maintain its countercyclical capital buffer at zero p.c, saying it might not order banks to carry extra capital to guard towards losses in a future financial downturn. The Fed mentioned it made the choice after consulting with different financial institution regulators.
The device is meant to direct banks to construct up capital throughout instances when the economic system is powerful to bolster resilience in future recessions.
The Fed has nevertheless by no means triggered it, even on the tailend of the record-long growth that resulted in February with the coronvirus pandemic and the present recession.
Governor Lael Brainard, who had repeatedly advocated for elevating the buffer earlier than the present disaster, didn’t dissent on Friday’s resolution.