The nation's largest banking companies expect their risk-weighted assets to balloon under Basel III, but none believe they will have to sell additional stock to shore up their capital ratios.

Instead, they are counting on asset sales and runoff, along with some more complicated nips and tucks; earnings and a transition that will take most of the decade to fit into the new framework. At the same time, they have positioned themselves against the imposition of a much greater capital buffer for too-big-to-fail institutions, arguing that the baselines established so far are plenty.

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