The Federal Reserve Board has announced the adoption of an interim final rule that will allow bank holding companies to include in their Tier 1 capital without restriction the senior perpetual preferred stock issued to the Treasury Department under the capital purchase program announced by the Treasury on October 14, 2008. Treasury established the capital purchase program under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which became law on October 3, 2008. Details about the capital purchase program are available on the Treasury's website.
The Board adopted the rule on an interim final basis to immediately provide guidance to bank holding companies concerning the regulatory capital treatment of such senior perpetual preferred stock and to support and facilitate the timely provision of capital to bank holding companies under the capital purchase program. The Board continues to work with Treasury, the other federal banking agencies and other parties on other capital and related matters associated with the capital purchase program.
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