WASHINGTON — Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg on Monday sought to bolster the case for a U.S. leverage ratio for big banks that goes further than one supported in other countries.

Speaking at American Banker's 3rd Annual Regulatory Symposium, Gruenberg said the 3% supplemental leverage ratio requirement instituted by the international Basel Committee on Banking Supervision was a "significant new standard," but that it still fell short of what the FDIC and other U.S. regulators felt would have been adequate. In July, the FDIC and two other agencies proposed a 5% supplemental ratio for the largest U.S. companies.

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