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Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Provides Framework for Cybersecurity in Recent Supervisory Insights - The FDIC featured an article titled “A Framework for Cybersecurity” in the Winter 2015 issue of Supervisory...more

Interagency CRE Guidance Update

In the ancient world kings and emperors regularly sought advice from the Oracle at Delphi when making important decisions. The Oracle would respond to questions, sometimes in poetry, other times in prose, in a manner that...more

Big Picture—What Could We See in 2016?

The other shoe finally dropped last month when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in seven years. Now in its 37th edition, "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016," the highly regarded annual report...more

Federal Reserve Releases CCAR Scenarios; Banking Agencies Release Annual Company-Run Stress Test Scenarios

On January 28, 2016, the Federal Reserve released its supervisory scenarios for the 2016 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and for the Dodd-Frank Act stress tests. In 2016, CCAR includes 33 firms with $50...more

Is ISIS Killing Your Cash Flow? Protect Your Assets Now

Every time you turn on your T.V., there is a very good chance that the news is saying something about ISIS. The presidential candidates are also showing their concern for ISIS and their plans for them. From the Paris attacks...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Under Review: Deposit Insurance Assessments for Small Banks - On Jan. 21, the FDIC approved revised proposed rules on risk-based federal deposit insurance assessments for small banks...more

Regulators Caution Banks About CRE Lending

Why it matters - In a statement expressing concern about the growth of commercial real estate (CRE) lending, the federal banking agencies stressed the need to utilize "prudent risk-management practices." The Board of the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 2 - January 2016 (Global)

This week, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could help to define what conduct constitutes insider trading and what level of proof the government must meet to successfully prosecute alleged insider...more

"Banking Regulators Increasingly Assert Jurisdiction Beyond Financial Institutions"

Federal and state banking regulators have broad and largely discretionary supervisory and enforcement powers over the financial institutions they regulate, which include banks and their affiliates. Key regulators in this area...more

Regulators Change Bank Audit Committee Duties as Audit Season Begins

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued an advisory to indicate their support for the principles and...more

U.S. District Court Says No to Marijuana Industry Credit Union in Colorado

Financial institutions fear providing banking services to the cannabis industry for numerous reasons: potential criminal liability, loss of federal insurance, asset seizure, loan collateral vulnerability, civil lawsuits, the...more

Federal Bank Regulatory Agencies Release CRA Asset-Size Thresholds for Small and Intermediate Small Institutions

On December 22, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (collectively, Agencies) announced the annual adjustment to the...more

Out of Favor: Deals With Favored Investors, Federal Reserve Cautions

Why it matters - Deals with favored investors have fallen out of favor with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, as evidenced by a new memorandum from the regulator. SR 15-15, issued on December 3, 2015, cautions...more

Fed Finalizes Capital Planning, Stress Test Requirements for 2017

Why it matters - Capital planning and stress tests for bank holding companies and other institutions with assets over $10 billion have been finalized by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. For bank holding companies...more

Federal Reserve Raises Concerns with Shareholder Protection Agreements

Recently issued Federal Reserve regulatory guidance is critical of certain shareholder protection arrangements typical in private equity investments. Such arrangements raise regulatory concerns because they could limit a...more

Higher One, Inc. Enforcement Actions Remind Nonbank Service Providers of Their Legal Obligations When Partnering With Banks

On December 23, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (“FDIC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Agencies”) announced settlements with Higher One, Inc....more

Nutter Bank Report, December 2015

The Nutter Bank Report is a monthly publication of the firm's Banking and Financial Services Group. Headlines - 1. Interagency Guidance Recommends Banks Review CRE Risk Management Strategies 2. Federal Reserve...more

Federal Reserve Announces Quarter-Point Hike to Interest Rates

On December 16, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors increased interest rates for the first time since June, 2006. The increase was small, only 25 basis points, from a range of 0-0.25 percent, to a range between...more

Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble: The Fed Breathes Life into the Countercyclical Capital Buffer

Widespread problems in the banking system are often associated with sharp declines in asset prices, or the economy more broadly. When these declines result in loan defaults, bank capital can erode, leading to more stringent...more

Banking Agencies Remind Banks of Prudent Risk Management in CRE Lending

On December 18, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (together the banking agencies)...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Rule Amends Filing Requirements and Processing Procedures for Changes in Control - On Dec. 16 the FDIC announced the adoption of a final rule amending the FDIC's filing requirements...more

The Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Rule Adopting Amendments to the Board’s Regulatory Capital Rules for Non-Traditional Stock...

On December 4, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) issued a final rule adopting amendments to the Board’s regulatory capital framework (“Regulation Q”) that was issued in June 2013. The...more

Financial Services & Products Advisory: Federal Reserve Releases Guidance on Shareholder Protection Arrangements

On December 3, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released Supervision and Regulation Letter 15-15, “Supervisory Concerns Related to Shareholder Protection Arrangements” (SR 15-15), offering guidance...more

Fed Governor Brings Shadow Banking Into the Light

Why it matters - In addressing the impact of the so-called shadow banking industry with the financial markets, Daniel K. Tarullo, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, advocated for regulation...more

Federal Reserve Board Approves Final Rule Specifying Procedures for Emergency Lending

On November 30, the Federal Reserve Board approved a final rule specifying its procedures for emergency lending under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act. The final rule provides greater clarity regarding, among other...more

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