Federal regulators may want bigger financial cushion for regional banks like U.S. Bancorp

Big regional banks such as U.S. Bancorp could be the target of tighter federal rules requiring larger financial cushions to weather a future economic crisis.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the measures being considered by newly appointed bank regulators, which include requiring banks to raise long-term debt to help cover losses if the bank itself founders. Similar rules already apply to the nation's largest banks.

Regulators aren't calling out by name banks that would be affected by the rules,…

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