WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is leaning towards asking banks to prepay future fees as a way to quickly rebuild the agency's deposit insurance fund, people familiar with the matter said.

Such a move is within the agency's power and would have banks push forward some of their payments in order to recapitalize the FDIC's fund, which is supported by fees levied on the banking industry. The agency is expected to propose a new policy at a board meeting next week. A final decision on how to recapitalize the fund hasn't been made, the people said.

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