Interest Rates

News & Analysis as of’s 6th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

As is our tradition here at Crunched Credit, each year, about this time, we award our Golden Turkey Awards. Once again, I must say that we are blessed, blessed with so many worthy candidates. Our government, our courts, the...more

Borrowers Not Liable For Lender's Costs Of Unwinding An Internal Hedge Upon Pre-Payment Of Loan

A lender's internal interest rate swap was not a "funding transaction" under the terms of a loan agreement. This meant that the borrowers were not liable to pay the costs of unwinding the internal swap in the event they...more

Massachusetts AG Settles with Auto Lender Over Alleged “Excessive” Interest Rate Charges

On November 5, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey announced a settlement with a national auto lender to resolve allegations that the lender charged excessive interest rates on subprime auto loans. The company agreed to provide...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2015

November Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The November § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

U.S. Auto Companies Report Best October in 10+ Years, Head Toward Record Year

The auto industry posted the strongest October sales in ten years—and even longer for some U.S. companies. The industry is capitalizing on low interest rates and low fuel prices across the U.S. to drive record sales....more

Bipartisan Budget Act Extends MAP-21 Pension Funding Relief and Increases PBGC Premiums

On Monday, November 1, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”) which brings familiar changes for sponsors of defined benefit pension plans. Similar to the Moving Ahead for Progress...more

EIOPA modifies Solvency 2 term structures methodology

EIOPA has modified the methodology for calculating the relevant risk-free interest rate term structures for Solvency 2. EIOPA has decided to amend the methodology so that...more

Risky times for some Internet lenders

A recent decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court serves as a painful reminder to Internet lenders of the perils of relying on choice-of-law provisions or arguments citing the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to avoid...more

EIOPA reviews UFR methodology

EIOPA has announced a review of the methodology used to derive the ultimate forward rates (UFRs) when calculating the risk-free interest rate term structures for Solvency 2. ...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 3rd Quarter 2015

Stock Market Commentary - China’s move to devalue its currency in late August set off a wave of selling and renewed volatility across global markets that continued through September. Enduring its worst quarter since...more

CFPB Targets Pension Lenders in Dodd-Frank Suit

On August 20, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against two pension...more

California Department of Toxic Substances Control Gains New Hazardous Waste Regulatory Powers

Governor Brown and Legislature give the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control more power to regulate hazardous substances. On Friday, October 2, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law a...more

CFPB Takes Action against Indirect Auto Lender over its Debt Collection Practices

On October 1, the CFPB ordered an indirect auto lender and its auto title lending subsidiary to pay more than $48 million in restitution and consumer relief over allegations that both companies engaged in unlawful debt...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2015

October Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Seattle Considers Development of Sharia-Compliant Financing

As the United States continues to become increasingly diverse with residents from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths, financial institutions are working to find ways to provide both consumer and commercial...more

Transferring the Family Business Timing is Everything

One of the most important factors to consider in any business succession plan is the timing of the transition of ownership. Whether a sale or a gift (or combination of the two), no transition should occur before the next...more

Committee publishes IRRBB responses

The Basel Committee has published the responses to its June consultative document on the interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB). The consultation on the risk management, capital treatment and supervision of IRRBB...more

Fall 2015 SBIC Debenture Coupon Rates Remain at Historical Lows in Largest SBIC Offering

In September 2015, the SBIC Funding Corporation completed a pooling of SBA debentures in the amount of nearly $1.2 billion, the largest pooling in the program’s 56-year history. The SBA debentures have a coupon rate of...more

3rd Quarter 2015 Federal Tax Overpayment and Underpayment Interest Rates

Please see chart below for more information....more

Changes to Military Lending Act on the Horizon

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently published its Final Rule amending the Military Lending Act’s (MLA) implementing regulation. The MLA, passed by Congress in 2006, provides active duty service members and their...more

Recent Developments in China Bond Markets

Tapping the Euromarkets - A number of Chinese issuers have issued bonds in the European debt markets recently. To date in 2015, more than ten Chinese companies have issued in excess of €9 billion of Euro-denominated...more

What’s So Interesting About Interest Rates?

For those of us who regularly handle state audits, the focus is usually on the legal or factual arguments as to why no additional taxes are due. And it’s great when our clients can walk away with no additional taxes to pay....more

Claim Purchasing as a Strategy to Avoid a Cramdown

While there are many factors that can lead a business or individual to file a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition seeking to reorganize a business, often times, particularly in a single-asset real estate case, the primary impetus...more

Case Update: Madden v. Midland Funding

Despite the strong petition and amici briefs, the Second Circuit denied the request to rehear the Madden v. Midland Funding case. With the denial of the petition on August 12 (order attached), it is now clear that Madden is...more

Why Does the CFPB Want to Curb Auto Lenders’ Discretion to Charge Higher or Lower Interest Rates?

On July 14, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced they had reached a “groundbreaking settlement” with American Honda Finance Corporation (“Honda”).(1) The...more

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