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19 01, 2022

Daily011922

2022-01-19T21:31:33+00:00January 19th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

GOP Signals Congressional CBDC Strategy
Although the bill will not pass in this Congress, we draw client attention to H.R. 6415, legislation just now noted in the Congressional Record to bar the FRB from offering the “FedAccounts” Democrats espouse (see FSM Report CBDC).

OCC Grants Non-Traditional Charter Conditions on BHC Status
After close of business yesterday, the OCC gave conditional approval to SoFi’s acquisition of an insured depository and thus to its charter now as a full-service national bank.  The approval signals not only that the OCC will approve acquisitions and continue to charter national banks even in non-traditional cases, but also that the moratorium on crypto charters remains in full force.

Senate Banking Split on Several Key Nominations
The Senate Banking Committee today voted on several key Biden Administration nominees without taking up any of the pending Fed appointments.  The narrowness of several votes makes it clear that, as we anticipated (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE66), controversial appointments such as Sarah Bloom Raskin and Lael Brainard have uncertain futures.

Large Banks Lead on D&I, CFPB Study Finds
The CFPB today released a report analyzing publicly-available FY2020 diversity and inclusion data for depository and nondepository institutions, putting forward a series of best practice recommendations.

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18 01, 2022

Daily011822

2022-01-18T22:46:26+00:00January 18th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FinCEN Takes Cautious Steps to AML Innovation
In remarks just released today, Acting FinCEN Director Him Das largely revisited recent FinCEN actions in response to Congressional requirements.

Brown Lays Out Fed Confirmation Plan
Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) today told press that he will accelerate hearings on Fed-nominees Bloom Raskin, Cook, and Jefferson as well as seek floor time in early February. He did not make it clear if he hopes to package all these nominations with Mr. Powell’s in hopes that this will provide additional votes, but Senate procedure requires votes on each nomination even if all are taken up together.

DOJ/FTC Propose Structural Antitrust Rewrite
Although the Department of Justice already has opened the door for public comment on bank mergers (see FSM Report MERGER10), it and the Federal Trade Commission today sought comment on the entire U.S. antitrust construct.

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14 01, 2022

Al011422

2022-01-14T21:46:49+00:00January 14th, 2022|3- This Week|

Filling Out the Fed

Last week was an eventful week for the Federal Reserve, not only due to critical appointments and confirmations, but also because the latest round of inflation data has made the central bank’s forecasting skills seem still less prescient and its power to determine the macro economy even more precarious.  As we noted in our reports (see below), Senate Republicans appear ready to let Mr. Powell off the hook, doubtless because they view him as the least objectionable option from their perspective than anyone else President Biden might nominate.  Instead, they have targeted Lael Brainard’s vice-chair nomination as the one on which they’ll take an anti-inflation stand.  For good measure, Republicans are also and more quietly signaling to the Fed that, if they’re unhappy with either monetary or regulatory policy, they will stop just talking about Fed independence and start taking it away.

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14 01, 2022

FedFin: If At First You Don’t Succeed….

2022-01-14T16:14:49+00:00January 14th, 2022|The Vault|

As noted in our in-depth analysis of Acting FHFA Director Thompson’s confirmation hearing, it’s clear that Democrats and Republicans are thinking hard about resurrecting statutory changes to the GSEs’ charters.  They are, though, about as far apart as usual on the constructs they prefer, ….

The full report is available to subscription clients. To find out how you can sign up for the service, click here.

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14 01, 2022

GSE-011422

2022-01-14T16:13:43+00:00January 14th, 2022|4- GSE Activity Report|

If At First You Don’t Succeed….

As noted in our in-depth analysis of Acting FHFA Director Thompson’s confirmation hearing, it’s clear that Democrats and Republicans are thinking hard about resurrecting statutory changes to the GSEs’ charters.  They are, though, about as far apart as usual on the constructs they prefer, making the extent to which an already stressed and fractious Senate could turn to the hard bargaining needed to end the GSES’ conservatorships before FHFA is good and ready.

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13 01, 2022

Daily011322

2022-01-13T22:20:08+00:00January 13th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

CBDC Said to Conquer Another Operational Hurdle
he BIS and Swiss National Bank today announced that “Project Helvetia” – their CBDC pilot – has so successfully handled an array of transactions as to prove that DLT can be successfully adopted across traditional financial products and services.

Dems Demand Still-Tougher CFPB Small-Business Anti-Discrimination Data
Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH), Small Business Committee Chair Cardin (D-MD), and other senior Democrats today filed a formal comment calling on the CFPB to advance its controversial small-business reporting proposal (see FSM Report LENDING10).

Hsu Reiterates Case for Bank-Like Crypto Regs
Acting Comptroller Hsu today elaborated on the risks U.S. regulators have identified for crypto assets, reiterating the need to apply bank regulation to stablecoin issuers (see Client Report CRYPTO16).

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13 01, 2022

FEDERALRESERVE68

2022-01-13T22:17:00+00:00January 13th, 2022|5- Client Report|

Brainard Navigates Troubled Waters; Looks Like Smooth Sailing for Thompson

At today’s confirmation hearing, Gov. Brainard took a lot of the heat on inflation Republicans only mildly mentioned during Mr. Powell’s Tuesday confirmation hearing (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE67).  As we anticipated (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE66) this reflects the fact that the GOP is united in opposition to her appointment as Fed vice chair; should she hold Sen. Manchin (D-WV) she will be confirmed; if not, perhaps not.  Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) also used the occasion to signal – again unsurprisingly – GOP opposition should Sarah Bloom Raskin be nominated as the Fed’s supervisory vice chair.

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13 01, 2022

FedFin on: Brainard Navigates Troubled Waters; Looks Like Smooth Sailing for Thompson

2022-01-14T16:16:40+00:00January 13th, 2022|The Vault|

At today’s confirmation hearing, Gov. Brainard took a lot of the heat on inflation Republicans only mildly mentioned during Mr. Powell’s Tuesday confirmation hearing (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE67). As we anticipated (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE66) this reflects the fact that the GOP is united in opposition to her appointment as Fed vice chair; should she hold Sen. Manchin (D-WV) she will be confirmed; if not, perhaps not. Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) also used the occasion to signal – again unsurprisingly – GOP opposition should Sarah Bloom Raskin be nominated….

The full report is available to retainer clients. To find out how you can sign up for the service, click here.…

12 01, 2022

Daily011222

2022-01-12T22:20:27+00:00January 12th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Ag Committees Enter Crypto Fray

Flexing their jurisdictional muscle, the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees today sent a letter to the CFTC urging it to govern cryptoassets which, they say, are commodities.

CFPB UPs the Ante for Its Anti-BNPL Inquiry

The CFPB today broadened its market-monitoring demand of buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) providers into a general request for public comment.  Focusing in particular on consumers and international agencies, the Bureau seeks views on matters such as risks and benefits, merchant experience, and ways to improve the sector.

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