4 01, 2023


2023-01-04T16:42:13-05:00January 4th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Beatty Continues Dem’s Fed Diversity Attacks

Signaling a new line of Democratic attack against the FRB on diversity, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) today introduced H.R. 9705, requiring the Fed to establish goals for the use of diverse asset managers when using its 13(3) asset-purchase powers.  Rep. Beatty also introduced H.R. 9706, which requires the Fed to interview at least one gender- and one racially-diverse candidate for all Reserve Bank president positions.


24 03, 2022


2023-04-03T12:54:18-04:00March 24th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Waller Adds Residential Real Estate to Monetary Policy Criteria

In remarks today, FRB Gov. Waller addressed the impact of what he calls the “red-hot” housing market on monetary and fiscal policy.  Noting that nonbank servicers were able to survive the 2020 crisis due to the refi boom’s liquidity benefit and a Ginnie facility, Mr. Waller reiterates ongoing policy concern about nonbank-servicer resilience without detailing any preferred policy actions.

HFSC Expands Diversity Data Demands to Large Insurers

Chairwoman Waters and Diversity Subcommittee Chairwoman Beatty expanded the committee’s diversity efforts today to include insurers via a letter sent to the largest insurance companies.

IOSCO Decries DeFi, US Regulatory Intervention Likely

Going beyond the general DeFi concerns outlined in a February FSB report, IOSCO today released a detailed report arguing that most DeFi products are directly akin to regulated investment, lending, and clearing products, posing not only the risks otherwise captured within the prudential perimeter, but also numerous additional risks presented by the manner in which DeFi generally operates.

HFSC Wants Names re Russian Business Exposure, Sanctions Compliance

HFSC Chairwoman Waters sent a letter today to financial and business trade associations requesting detailed information on each sector’s efforts to divest from Russia.  The letter applauds current efforts, but states that HFSC must nonetheless seek additional details about exit strategies and sanctions compliance, along with the names of companies continuing to do business within the Russian Federation or with Russian-based firms.


9 12, 2021


2023-05-23T12:50:03-04:00December 9th, 2021|2- Daily Briefing|

IMF Presses for Fast, Hard Global Crypto Standards
The IMF today reiterated its commitment to work with global regulators to craft crypto regulation due to inherent risks in the sector exacerbated by disorderly capital flows resulting from regulatory arbitrage.

FRB-NY Tackles Maternal-Health Inequity
Although Reserve Banks are facing harsh criticism from Senate Banking Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) about “woke” actions he believes beyond the Fed’s mission, the New York Federal Reserve today released a study of maternal health that – despite public concern in this area – may spark renewed criticism with problematic implications for Vice-Chair nominee Brainard.

LIBOR Fix Powers Through House
By an overwhelming 415-9 vote, the House late yesterday passed H.R. 4616, the Sherman (D-CA) bill providing legal certainty for legacy LIBOR contracts (see FSM Report LIBOR6). The bill finally reached the House floor following a revision to the reported bill ensuring that rate resets are not taxable events.

BIS: Bond Funds Need Radical Regulatory Rewrite
Today, we follow our analysis yesterday of the BIS paper on DeFi regulatory policy with an assessment of another high-impact analysis of open-end funds.

FDIC Does, Doesn’t, May Advance New Bank M&A Policy
In a most unusual move, the FDIC today announced it did not release an RFI on bank merger policy hours after two directors – Messrs. Gruenberg and Chopra – said it had.

HFSC Ducks Tough Asset-Management Diversity Demands
Although the majority staff report released ahead of today’s HFSC Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee hearing highlighted several legislative proposals, Members …

30 09, 2021


2023-07-31T15:42:27-04:00September 30th, 2021|5- Client Report|

HFSC Dems Mum on Powell Renomination

In very sharp contrast to the Senate Banking session on Tuesday with Chairman Powell and Secretary Yellen (see Client Report REFORM208), today’s HFSC session was largely devoted to partisan wrangling over monetary policy, the debt ceiling, and the Biden Administration’s overall fiscal policy.  Likely complicating Democratic support for Mr. Powell, Ranking Member McHenry (R-NC) strongly endorsed renomination.  Significantly, no Democrat spoke on this issue nor did any raise the trading scandal at the Reserve Banks or the Fed’s regulation of very large banks in this or, indeed, any other context.



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