Trying to get a better handle on the quality of loans and investments that banks and thrifts hold, federal regulators have proposed major modifications in call reports that would require institutions to submit more detailed data on a range of items, including residential construction loans and structured investment products.

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council published the proposed changes in Tuesday's Federal Register and are giving banks until Nov. 24 to comment. A Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. official said more changes could be in store if and when the government's plan to buy up about $700 billion of banks' mortgage-related assets takes effect.

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