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Fed Plan Lets Healthy Banks Boost Dividends

The Federal Reserve has adopted a plan to let healthy banks boost dividends paid to investors.

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Banks would need to show the Fed's bank examiners that they're in good financial health and that they have adequate capital to absorb potential losses — even after paying the dividend.

The Fed oversees Wall Street's biggest banks, including Citigroup , Bank of America , JPMorgan Chase , and Wells Fargo .

During the financial crisis, banks cut their dividend payments. By boosting their payments, banks may be able to attract new investors.

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