WASHINGTON - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency wants national trust banks to customize capital and liquidity standards to better reflect the risks posed by asset management activities.

National trust banks, which have more than doubled in number, to 110, since 1995, are subject to the same capital rules as other banks, but the Comptroller's Office noted that "these ratios may not be optimal measures … as off-balance-sheet asset management activities are not captured in capital ratio calculations." According to a Sept. 29 bulletin sent to examiners and national bank executives, "these ratios should be supplemented by further analysis."

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