WASHINGTON -- Starting in April, national banks issuing stock or bonds will find the rules simplified. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Wednesday issued a new final rule that conforms the agency's requirements for banks selling their debt and equity securities with those of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Most banks, through their holding companies, are already familiar with SEC rules. Having separate OCC rules means national banks must be sure to comply with a different set of rules, said Sarrah A. Miller, senior government relaitons counsel at the American Bankers Association.

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