Bloomberg Law
Sept. 16, 2019, 10:05 PMUpdated: Sept. 17, 2019, 6:31 PM

Wall Street Watchdogs Propose $40 Billion Reprieve for Banks (1)

Jesse Hamilton
Jesse Hamilton
Bloomberg News

Wall Street banks are set to get one of their biggest wins of the Trump era as regulators took a first step toward reversing a rule that’s forced banks to set aside billions of dollars for swaps trades with their own affiliates.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Sept. 17 proposed eliminating the Obama-era margin requirement -- a move that Bloomberg News previously reported. Industry lobbyists have long argued that the demand is redundant and that it puts U.S. banks at a competitive disadvantage to overseas rivals.

Other regulators, including the Federal ...