Treasury Looks To Ease Firms' Escape From Tougher Scrutiny

By Evan Weinberger (November 20, 2017, 7:44 PM EST) -- A Friday report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury outlined potential changes to the way financial regulators evaluate whether insurers and other nonbank financial firms should be subjected to increased capital and other requirements, and may give those companies ammunition to challenge such a designation.

The Treasury Department's report said that the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel of U.S. financial regulators created by the 2010 Dodd Frank-Act, should provide a detailed cost-benefit analysis for determining that a nonbank firm poses a risk to the broader financial system, a status that requires so-called enhanced supervision.

But such an analysis may be nearly...

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