WASHINGTON - A Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. plan to hike capital requirements on subprime lenders is taking shape.

The proposal, first mentioned by FDIC Chairman Donna A. Tanoue in a November speech but still largely under wraps, would divide subprime loans into as many as 10 risk categories. Higher-risk loans would require more capital, though just how much is not clear. An interagency group of regulators will hold its first face-to-face meeting on the topic today.

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