When bank and securities regulators announced a plan in March to promote a "clearer understanding" of loan-loss reserves, bankers were encouraged. An end to months of contradictory signals seemed to be in sight.

But the cooperative spirit among regulators was short-lived. If anything, the rules on loan-loss allowances have grown murkier.

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