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Federal Financial Analytics (FedFin) is a Washington-based financial services-consulting firm that has for decades attracted a high-powered clientele in Washington, on Wall Street, and among global central bankers. Since 1985 FedFin has provided a unique blend of analysis and strategic advice on public policy, regulatory, and legislative issues for industry and governmental clients doing business in the U.S. and abroad.

A proprietary think-tank for its clients, FedFin reviews critical federal and global policy developments in banking, insurance, asset management, and mortgage finance, analyzes them in great depth, and then advises clients on whether what they want can be made to work for them, within the policy environment and for the financial system. It is FedFin’s guiding principle to be an honest broker, and clients depend on the fact that the firm does not offer lobbying or any other services that could compromise its objectivity and independence.

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American Banker Podcast, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

October 21st, 2020|

The last thing investors need is a contested election By John Heltman A disputed outcome could cause significant market turmoil in the coming months — and have far more serious repercussions over the longer term. Listen to John Heltman’s conversation with Karen Petrou (at 3:40 mins) at: https://www.americanbanker.com/podcast/the-last-thing-investors-need-is-a-contested-election

American Banker, Wenesday, October 21, 2020

October 21st, 2020|

Should consumer protection failures play a bigger role in CRA grades? By Brendan Pedersen, Neil Haggerty The recent Community Reinvestment Act rating downgrade for USAA Federal Savings Bank highlights a potential strategy backed by consumer advocates for reforming the decades-old law. The CRA mostly encourages banks to serve lower-income communities [...]

Politico, Friday, October 16, 2020

October 16th, 2020|

Stalemate in Washington brings turmoil to banks' emergency planning By Victoria Guida The battle in Washington over the size and scope of a coronavirus relief package has piled on more uncertainty for the nation’s banks as they try to plan for an already wildly unpredictable future. In calls with investors [...]

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Karen Petrou: The Search for Cross-Border Payment Utopia

In an in-depth report earlier this week, we showed that, while the Financial Stability Board recognizes some of the policy questions posed by its vision of cross-border payments, many of the most critical are unsaid, let alone answered.  Payment-system experts are unsurprisingly focused on how to make the cross-border payment system work, not on how the workings global regulators might change cross-border finance.  To move forward, FSB must answer a [...]

October 23rd, 2020|Categories: The Vault|

FedFin on: New Cross-Border Payment System

Following two initial reports, the FSB has worked with other global regulators and international financial institutions to craft a framework it hopes will enhance cross-border payments and thus improve financial inclusion, emerging-economy growth, and financial stability.  Although actions and deadlines are laid out even as the FSB readily acknowledges that the plan is preliminary, its building blocks are very ambitious and often accompanied by specific deadlines to which global organizations [...]

October 21st, 2020|Categories: The Vault|

Karen Petrou: How Low Rates Fuel Racial Inequity

As a New York Times op-ed today has it, ultra-low or even negative rates are just what’s needed to stoke growth and increase equality.  The Fed in fact buys into this narrative, at least to a point.  The problem with it is that an increasing body of evidence shows it ain’t so. Earlier this week, we assessed a new IMF study that, while not taking direct aim at the Fed, [...]

October 16th, 2020|Categories: The Vault|
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