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Better Markets Comment Letter on Request for Information on Application of the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System

The CAMELS supervisory ratings system plays an essential role in promoting the safety and soundness of banks individually and the banking system as a whole.  Through assessments and associated ratings, supervisors identify, and alert bank management to, potential problems at a bank before those problems turn into a bank failure that puts taxpayer dollars at risk.  Further, they may lead to appropriate sanctions when a rating indicates material problems in one or more of the components.  As the Request notes, bank ratings inform the bank application process, ensu