HFSC Readies for Powell Testimony

Apart from a macroeconomic overview, much of the HFSC staff memo ahead of Chairman Powell’s appearance tomorrow details recent Fed actions to enhance diversity, and Fed-official trading problems and resulting policies.

Gruenberg Worries re Risks to Come

The FDIC released its usual quarterly report on IDI conditions, showing considerable strength in the fourth quarter.  Still, Acting Chairman Gruenberg’s remarks expressed considerable caution about industry resilience under growing macroeconomic and geopolitical stress.

Reach of U.S. Sanctions

Building on our report last week on new sanctions (see FSM Report SANCTION16) and Karen Petrou’s memo, we here address a frequently-asked questions as the Ukraine conflict rages and sanctions increase: the extent to which foreign banks without a U.S. presence must adhere to U.S. sanctions.

FRB Tries Anew re Payment-System Access

Responding indirectly but importantly to the controversies swirling around Sarah Bloom Raskin (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE69), the FRB today released a supplement to its earlier proposal about the extent to which novel entities are granted Reserve Bank master accounts (see FSM Report PAYMENT17).

Congress Poised to Tighten Russia’s Financial Noose

Signaling that the U.S. Congress will add new sanctions to pending Ukraine relief, Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) today called for an array of financial actions to circumvent Russian finance.