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The French Finance Ministry ahead of the G20 finance ministers Summit
G20 finance ministers, meeting in Paris on Saturday, are to call for a capital surcharge on top banks to avoid future state bailouts. A final communiqué to go to the 3-4 November heads of state meeting in Cannes calls for a surcharge of up to 2.5 per cent to be phased in from 2016.
The measure, according to a leak to the Reuters news agency, would affect banks such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase.
Dossier: Eurozone in crisis
The aim is to make sure they have enough capital to withstand market turbulence so that taxpayers won't have to rescue them when crisis hits again.
Finance ministers and central bankers from the group of top economies met in Paris Friday and Saturday to try to hammer out ways to stop the world economy slumping into recession.