Capital conservation

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1. Company law.

The company law principle - also known as capital maintenance - that capital should be conserved for the protection of creditors.

For example, dividends can only legally be paid out of retained profits, not out of capital.

2. Financial services - banks - supervision - regulation - capital adequacy.

A capital adequacy requirement for all banks to build up an additional loss-absorbing capital cushion to improve their resilience to future stresses.

The idea is for banks to build up the loss-absorbing cushions outside periods of stress, to be drawn down if losses are incurred in the future.

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