WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is expected Tuesday to ease rules restricting relatively weak banks and thrifts from paying higher rates to attract brokered deposits.

Under current rules, institutions rated below "well-capitalized" are restricted from paying rates much higher than U.S. Treasury bond yields. But that benchmark is abnormally low right now as investors flock to the relative safety of government securities, so the FDIC is weighing whether to shift the benchmark to a simple average of deposit rates paid by all insured institutions.

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