U.S. Tells Big Banks to Rewrite 'Living Will' Bankruptcy Plans

Fed, FDIC Say Plans Provide 'No Credible Path' Through Bankruptcy; Raise Specter of Tougher Rules, Even Break-up

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—In a sweeping rebuke to Wall Street, U.S. regulators said 11 of the nation's biggest banks haven't demonstrated they can collapse without causing damaging economic repercussions and ordered them to try again.

The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said bankruptcy plans submitted by big banks make "unrealistic or inadequately supported" assumptions and "fail to make, or even to identify, the kinds of changes in firm structure and practices that would be necessary to enhance the prospects for" an orderly failure.

The regulators raised the specter of slapping banks with tougher rules on capital and leverage or restrictions on growth—and even eventually forcibly breaking them up—should they fail to make significant progress to address the shortcomings by July 2015.

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