Regulators are expected today to propose expanding the Camel rating system to take into account the risks of shifting market conditions.

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council - the umbrella organization for the five banking, thrift, and credit union agencies - wants to add an "s," which stands for "sensitivity to market risk," to the rating system.

The five existing components of Camel are capital, asset quality, management, earnings, and liquidity. The new "Camels," slated to take effect in January, will be subject to public comment for several months.

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