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ABA Seeks Interagency Guidance Related to Force-Place Flood Insurance Premiums

On April 22, the American Bankers Association (ABA) sent a letter to the OCC, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC regarding force-place flood insurance (also known as lender-placed insurance). The ABA probed the question of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Federal Banking Regulators Propose Net Stable Funding (Liquidity) Ratio - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Federal Reserve Announces Off-Site Electronic Loan File Review Process

On April 19, the Federal Reserve issued a letter announcing a new off-site loan file review program available to banking institutions with less than $50 billion in total assets. According to the letter, recent technological...more

Governor of the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Addresses Challenges of Distributed Ledger Technologies

Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard, in a speech given at the Institute of International Finance Blockchain Roundtable, discussed the key challenges involved in the use of distributed ledger technologies in payment,...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

House Financial Services Committee Advances Legislation that would Amend the Dodd-Frank Act

On April 13, the House Financial Services Committee voted by a 33-20 margin to advance H.R. 1486, the “Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending Act.” The Act would amend the Dodd-Frank Act to strike provisions that allow for...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Proposes Technical Amendments to Risk-Based Capital Surcharge for Global...

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System proposed technical amendments to its rule requiring a risk-based capital surcharge for global systemically important bank holding companies. The rule, finalized by the...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Jointly Determine that Five US...

The US Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation jointly determined that the 2015 resolution plans of the following five US domestic global systemically important banking organizations are not credible:...more

GAO Report: Regulatory Oversight of Nonbank Servicers Could Be Stronger

On April 11, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, “Nonbank Mortgage Servicers: Existing Regulatory Oversight Could Be Strengthened.” The report analyzes data on the mortgage servicing market...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Issues Guidance on Basel Committee Consultation on Operational Risk...

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System's Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation and Basel Coordination Committee issued a bulletin that provides supervisory guidance with respect to the issuance of...more

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Offers Perspectives on Economic and Cyber Risks

While speaking at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s 2016 Cybersecurity Conference, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren addressed risks in the cyber realm, noting that such risks are not abating. In Rosengren’s view,...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Proposes New Data Items for Regulatory Reporting by Foreign Banking...

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System proposed changes to various reporting forms, including FR Y-7N, FR Y-7NS and FR Y-7Q, requiring collection of fourteen new data items to monitor compliance with enhanced...more

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Releases Report on Organization of Global Banks

In early April, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a staff report entitled “Organizational Complexity and Balance Sheet Management in Global Banks,” which analyzes the evolution of banks from standalone...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Staff Working Paper Concludes Both Capital and Liquidity Need to be Regulated

In early April, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System's Divisions of Research and Statistics and Monetary Affairs released a staff working paper entitled “Bank Regulation under Fire Sale Externalities,”...more

The Liquidity Crunch Spurs Creative PE Deal Financing in the US

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the US Federal Reserve and other central banks in Europe have pumped trillions of dollars into the financial markets. Notwithstanding the amounts injected, a liquidity crunch in 2016 is...more

Federal Reserve Takes Aim at Shareholder Protections

In an unheralded Supervision and Regulation Letter (Letter) issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) on December 3, 2015 (SR 15-15), the Board provided guidance to explain “Supervisory Concerns...more

The Federal Reserve Board Finalizes Rule Regarding Investment-Grade General Obligation State and Municipal Securities

On April 1, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board finalized a rule to include certain U.S. general obligation state and municipal securities in the type of assets that financial institutions may use to satisfy requirements designed...more

Pakistani Bank Reaches Agreement with NYDFS to Enhance AML Compliance Controls

Recently, the Federal Reserve and NYDFS announced that a New York branch of a Pakistani bank agreed to strengthen its compliance with BSA/AML requirements and OFAC regulations. The NYDFS’s and the NY Federal Reserve Bank’s...more

GAO Says Regulators Should Improve Transparency in Evaluating Banks’ “Living Wills”

GAO has issued a report which noted the FDIC and Federal Reserve have developed separate but similar review processes for determining whether a resolution plan, often referred to as a “living will,” is “not credible” or would...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 7 - April 2016 (Global)

- United States US indicts Iranian computer specialists for cyberattacks on banks and a dam. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists who...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Revisions to Form FR Y-7Q to Incorporate Capital Adequacy Standard Reporting Requirements for Foreign...

On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) proposed a revision to Form FR Y-7Q to incorporate the capital adequacy standard reporting requirements for foreign banking...more

Half-Hearted Relief for Munis: The Fed Adopts a Final Rule to Include Certain Municipal Securities as HQLAs Under the LCR Rule

On March 31, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”) to amend the Federal Reserve’s Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rule and Modified Liquidity...more

Joint Interim Final Rule Published Relating to Expanded Examination Cycle Eligibility

On March 24, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued and are requesting public comment on an...more

Too Small to Succeed or Ownership Structure to Thrive?

Two recent federal banking agency reports show very different pictures of the banking environment for community banks. In “Too Small to Succeed? – Community Banks in a New Regulatory Environment,” the Federal Reserve Bank of...more

Eighth Circuit Opens Circuit Split on the Scope of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) makes it unlawful for any creditor “to discriminate against any applicant, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction . . . on the basis of . . . marital status.” The statute...more

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