FSB Targets Commodity Markets, Prime Brokers

In his letter today to G20 ministers, FSB head Klaas Knot observes remarkable financial resilience to date but states that many worrisome concerns remain.

U.S. Expands Demands for New International Financial Order

Building on her comments last week outlining a new international financial order, Treasury Secretary Yellen today called on the World Bank and its related organizations to go beyond current activities to address the cross border risks resulting from climate change, health , migration, and “fragility.”

US Expands Sanctions Reach to Payments, Crypto

The U.S. today took two first-time actions in sanctioning Russia with far-reaching implications for the future of money and payments.  It named Transkapitalbank as a sanctioned entity, not so much because it is a Russian bank, but because it has been found to facilitate sanctions evasion by virtue of Russia’s effort to create an alternative payment messaging service to get around SWIFT.

GOP Tries Again to Halt Postal-Banking Pilot

Continuing their strong opposition to postal banking, Ranking HFSC Member McHenry (R-NC), Ranking Oversight and Reform Committee Member Comer (R-KY), and Ranking Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee Member Luetkemeyer (R-MO) today sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy slamming USPS for overstepping its statutory authority by extending what they call its “failed” postal-banking pilot program.