Confusing crosscurrents are rippling through global financial supervision.

Consider these four recent moves: the Financial Stability Board agrees on ways to improve supervision of the world's largest banks; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. strikes a deal with the Bank of England on resolving troubled banks that operate in both countries; the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision dilutes tough international liquidity standards; and the Federal Reserve Board proposes a sweeping crackdown on foreign banks operating in the U.S.

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