Federal regulators are seeking information from banks and thrifts on how a new accounting rule on securitized assets will impact their balance sheets and capital levels.

Financial Accounting Standards 166 and 167 can trigger consolidation of securitized assets on the balance sheet if a bank controls the servicing or provides support for assets in the trusts.

"It will require institutions to bring a lot more assets on the balance sheet," Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan said at a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) board of directors meeting. As part of the proposed rulemaking, the FDIC is seeking information on what assets will likely be consolidated and how it will impact lending and securitization activities.

The proposal also asks whether a phase-in of risk-based capital requirements over four quarters is needed. Comments are due in 30 days.

The new accounting rule goes into effect at the yearend. Separately, the FDIC agreed to extend its Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program until June 30, 2010. This program provides unlimited insurance for servicer accounts and other non-interest bearing accounts.

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