If S&P 500 Equities Are HQLA, Then How Can You Exclude Munis?
Municipal bonds won’t be treated as High Quality Liquid Assets (HQLA) if the current formulation for new banking capital requirements goes into effect, but many banks and financial analysts are arguing that this is unreasonable. The goal of having HQLA on hand is to ensure that banks remain solvent whenever the next crisis hits, and Citi analyst George Friedlander thinks munis fit the bill.
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