Considering most of the significant changes related to foreign claims on an ultimate-risk basis, it was likely due to guidance issued by the Federal Reserve, said Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, managing principal of MRV Associates, a consultancy for bank regulatory practices.

“[The Federal Reserve hasn’t] been too satisfied with the way that the banks have been doing data collection and reporting, so this is one more push for them to fine-tune that,” Rodriguez Valladares told SNL. “So it doesn’t surprise me that the bank’s numbers have changed because the banks have to be a lot more conservative in how they come up with these numbers.”