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Bernanke: Banks on more even ground

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a group of executives from smaller banks that the financial overhaul will level the playing field for them with industry giants. Bernanke, speaking to the Independen­t Community Bankers of America, acknowledg­ed their concerns about the new law, but said most requiremen­ts are aimed at big banks. Congress passed the regulatory law last year in an effort to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

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