U.S. banking regulators adopted rules Tuesday that reduce the amount of capital banks must hold against some derivatives positions.

The rules, jointly adopted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., let institutions calculate a net exposure for their derivatives positions with individual counterparties. Ultimately, the change will reflect the lower risk of offsetting positions by lowering the capital required to be held against them.

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