"Banks have to be more conservative in how they fund themselves going forward and I think that is a good thing. What we saw in the run up to the financial crisis was a massive overleveraging of the system and in the wake of the crisis you saw, understandably, deleveraging, and to some extent that process is still continuing," Barr says.

-- Written by Dan Freed in New York.

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