Capital requirements under the new bank capital rules released by U.S. regulators will be computed based on three formulas, although U.S. banks are expected to mostly gravitate to only one. 

At a conference call early this week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said that most of these institutions will likely use the simplified supervisory formula approach (SSFA), which incorporates an exposure's attachment and detachment points as well as underlying collateral performance instead of the external ratings that the Basel frameworks use.

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