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20 02, 2024

DAILY022024

2024-02-20T17:06:56-05:00February 20th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

Waters Fails to Muster Meaningful Democratic Capital-Proposal Protest

Late Friday, HFSC Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) released another letter from Democrats protecting the pending capital proposals.

Fed Study: CBDC Impact on Dollar Dominance, Payment System Depends on Many Decisions

A new Fed staff study finds that a U.S. CBDC would have only a marginal impact on the dollar’s role as the reserve currency and within the payment system, although this conclusion depends on a raft of decisions now being made about other CBDCs and the cross-border payment system.

Sanders Targets BlackRock’s Market Power

We will shortly provide clients with an update on Congressional reaction to the C1/Discover merger earlier today, but here draw client attention to a new letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), sure also to be among the credit-card consolidation’s fiercest critics.

Brown Presses Powell for Enforceable Ethics Standards

Senate Banking Chair Brown today renewed his campaign against Fed conflict-of-interest policies, sending another letter to Chair Powell arguing that the Fed’s recent internal-investment and ethics standards are unenforceable.

Initial Response to C1/Discover Merger Starts M&A Debate

With Congress in recess, political response to the Capital One/Discover merger has been muted in terms of sparse comments, but fiery when it comes to Sen. Warren (D-MA).

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15 02, 2024

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2024-02-15T17:13:22-05:00February 15th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

Bowman Focuses on Inclusive Cross-Border Payments

FRB Gov. Bowman today emphasized that national and global payment-system improvements must not only work for the financial system and payment providers, but also for end-users and broader inclusive growth.  This is a policy challenge that, she said, cannot be resolved only by technology.

Senate Dems Resume Attack on Zelle

Retreating from his stand during a recent hearing that seemed to absolve Zelle (see Client Report PAYMENT28), Senate Banking Chairman Brown, (D-OH) along with Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Reed (D-RI), today sent a letter reiterating calls for Zelle to clarify its reimbursement policy for impostor scams.  The letter also demands that Zelle revise its reimbursement policy to cover other scams and to and streamline its reporting process, demanding a new public commitment to doing so.

Waller Sees Impregnable Dollar Dominance

FRB Gov. Waller today mounted a strong defense not only of the dollar as the globe’s reserve currency under current conditions, but also even as digital currencies become more widely deployed.  This stand is consistent with those at the FRB opposing proposals in Congress to advance a CBDC on grounds that it is essential to preserve reserve-currency status (see FSM Report CBDC10) and signals no interest in the U.S. central bank to making any other payment-system changes to press sanctions policy with the dollar’s dominance in mind.

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5 02, 2024

DAILY020524

2024-02-05T16:54:06-05:00February 5th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

Bowman Opposes Tech Self-Regulation, Highlights Emerging Risks

In remarks Friday on the future of banking, FRB Gov. Bowman joined Acting Comptroller Hsu in expressing concern over supervisory and governance complacency, especially when it comes to interest-rate and liquidity risk.  The speech picks up on Karen Petrou’s memo last week, pointing to the way in which regulators now appear focused principally on new rules, not emerging risks including those from fraud-renewed threats and third-party vendors.  Ms. Bowman thus urges greater accountability for banks based on third-party actions not only to enhance risk management, but also to reduce migration risk.

House GOP Expands Attack on Fed Work With Global Bodies

Continuing previous attacks on Federal Reserve Banks and federal banking agencies’ work with global entities, HFSC Chair McHenry (R-NC) and Financial Institutions Subcommittee Chair Barr (R-KY) sent letters today to the San Francisco and New York Reserve Banks disputing what they describe as undue cooperation with the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

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2 02, 2024

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2024-02-02T16:21:33-05:00February 2nd, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

Powell, Hsu Add to Pressure on SEC Crypto-Custody Standards

As we noted yesterday, Congressional Republicans are now mounting a Congressional Review Act effort to repeal the SEC’s staff accounting bulletin (see FSM Report CUSTODY5) requiring balance-sheet recognition of crypto-custody deposits at considerable cost to banking institutions.

Trump to Dump Powell

As we expected, Donald Trump today said that, if elected, he will not reappoint Jerome Powell.  This decision will not present itself to the next president until Mr. Powell’s term ends in January of 2026, but we do not think either of the candidates is likely to reappoint Mr. Powell should he seek a third term.

GOP Bill Challenges Capital Proposal

Echoing long-held concerns of other HFSC Republicans, Rep. Ogles (R-TN) along with Rep. Donalds (R-FL) have introduced legislation (H.R. 7143) forcing regulators to withdraw the capital proposal (see FSM Report CAPITAL230).

Senate Presses for Anti-Hungary Sanctions

In a statement that may lead financial institutions to review their exposures, Senate Foreign Relations Chair Cardin (D-MD) called on the Biden Administration to consider sanctions against Hungary due to its government’s refusal until late yesterday to support EU efforts for Ukraine and its broadly anti-democratic program in general and with specific regard to pressuring the U.S. and its ambassador to Hungary.

HFSC Republicans Take Another Shot at FDIC

Continuing their campaign against FDIC Chair Gruenberg, HFSC Chair McHenry (R-NC) along with Subcommittee Chairs Barr (R-KY) and Hill (R-AR) sent a letter today to the FDIC questioning …

17 01, 2024

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2024-01-17T16:21:16-05:00January 17th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

CFPB Tries to Bring Overdraft Fees Under New Benchmark

Arguing that overdraft fees are a big-bank “junk-fee harvesting machine,” CFPB Director Chopra today released a long-awaited proposal to cap fees to what the agency considers a reasonable threshold.

Bowman Expands Basel Critique, Key Dem Now Points to Problems

In remarks today, FRB Gov. Bowman did not go quite as far as her colleague Chris Waller yesterday, but she nonetheless urged that the end-game rules be re-proposed after comments are taken into account.

Senate Banking GOP Again Urges Capital Proposal Withdrawal

Senate Banking Ranking Member Scott (R-SC) along with all Committee Republicans late yesterday sent a letter to FRB Chair Powell, FDIC Chairman Gruenberg, and Acting Comptroller Hsu once again calling on the regulators to withdraw the capital proposal (see FSM Report CAPITAL230).

Biden, Brown Praise CFPB Overdraft Proposal

Following the CFPB’s announcement of its proposed rule regarding overdraft fees today, President Biden again denounced “junk fees” as “exploitation,” and included the CFPB’s proposal in his administration’s efforts to lower costs for American consumers.

FRB/FDIC Provide Limited-Time Resolution-Plan Filing Flexibility

Reflecting a problem we identified in our assessment of the resolution-plan proposal (see FSM Report LIVINGWILL22), the FRB and FDIC today extended the resolution plan submission deadline for categories II and III banks from July 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.

Global Regulators Turn to OTC-Derivative Margin Improvement

Following yesterday’s release with the CPMI focused on CCPs and clearing members, the Basel Committee and IOSCO today …

4 01, 2024

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2024-01-04T16:28:33-05:00January 4th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

IMF Urges CBDC Caution

Taking a more cautious stand on CBDC and cross-border payments than often heard from international financial institutions, the IMF released a study recommending that policymakers ensure that CBDC or any other form of public digital money is carefully designed and interoperable with existing payment systems. Policymakers are also encouraged to enhance public-private policy coordination and regulate global stablecoins as well as other forms of private digital money. The analysis bases these recommendations on findings that efficient digital money could be broadly adopted for cross-border payment purposes and diversify reserve currencies – a concern Members of Congress have long expressed about the Fed’s reluctance to establish a dollar CBDC. However, the IMF also warns that digital money adoption could increase bank disintermediation, currency substitution, spillover risk, and capital-flow volatility. The study’s quantitative analysis examines the effects of digital-money efficiency on reserve currency holdings and international currency adoption, showing a positive correlation between these variables. The study also employs a modeling scenario of a digital money-induced shock on the potential demand for global financial safety net resources, noting here that a multipolar reserve configuration may require global reserve-currency issuers to expand liquidity backstops.

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8 12, 2023

DAILY120823

2023-12-08T16:54:36-05:00December 8th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Basel Study Concludes Banks at Climate Risk Despite Lit-Survey Conclusions

A new Basel Committee working paper provides a literature review of recent analyses of climate risk’s impact on financial institutions to assess the drivers key to establishing the scenario analyses recently outlined in the Committee’s final climate-risk principles (see FSM Report CLIMATE14) and those recently finalized by U.S. banking agencies (see FSM Report CLIMATE17).

EU Regulators Seek AT1 Certainty

Treasury and the EU today issued a joint statement summarizing topics discussed at this week’s U.S.-EU financial regulatory forum.  These included financial stability, bank-regulatory developments, AML, sustainable finance, supervisory coordination, and digital-finance operational resilience.

Senate GOP Tackles U.S. Participation in FSB Entities

Sens. Braun (R-IN), Hagerty (R-TN), and Marshall (R-KS) have introduced S. 3446, a bill to require the banking agencies to report on their interactions with nongovernmental international organizations.  This is part of the broader campaign to block U.S. agencies from adhering to edicts such as the end-game capital rules, reaching also insurance and securities standards.

HFSC Leadership Blast Hsu’s Competence, Agency Operations

HFSC Subcommittee Chairs Barr (R-KY), Huizenga (R-MI) and Hill (R-AR) sent a letter today to Acting Comptroller Michael Hsu continuing their attacks (see Client Report FINTECH33) against the OCC for its recently reported hiring of an individual with falsified credentials to oversee the OCC’s Office of Financial Technology.

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5 12, 2023

FINTECH33

2023-12-05T15:39:20-05:00December 5th, 2023|5- Client Report|

HFSC GOP Grills Regulators Over Novel Activities, Third-Party Risk Management Guidance

At today’s HFSC Digital Assets Subcommittee hearing on banking agency financial innovation, Republicans raised concerns about the Fed’s novel activities guidance (see FSM Report FINTECH32), interagency guidance on third-party risk management (see FSM Report VENDOR10), and the SEC’s predictive data analytics proposal. Members on both sides of the aisle also focused on AI, crypto, and CBDC, with Republicans pressing for hands-off crypto policy while Democrats urged faster action to curb AI risk. Pointing to the OCC’s recent hiring scandal, Subcommittee Chairman Hill (R-AR) suggested that more oversight might be necessary.

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27 11, 2023

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2023-11-27T16:53:58-05:00November 27th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Global Regulators Unveil 2023 GSIB List Methodology

Following publication of the FSB’s updated 2023 GSIB list, the BCBS today published additional details of the assessment including denominators of the high-level indicators used to calculate bank scores, high-level indicators for each bank in the sample, cut-off scores, and thresholds used to allocate GSIBs to buckets for calculating higher loss-absorbency requirements.

Carstens Presses for Unified Ledger, CBDC

Pointing to the speed of AI adoption in sharp contrast to financial-system innovation, BIS General Manager Agustín Carstens has reiterated his call for central bank “unified ledgers.” These would serve as a “network of networks” digital infrastructure, with Mr. Carstens indicating that the result would enable instantaneous payment and settlement of any transaction, use of smart contracts and composability, and seamless integration and automation of digital asset payments.

SEC Finalizes Massive, Controversial ABS-Conflict Standards

Thirteen years after the Dodd-Frank Act demanded it (see FSM Report ABS17), the SEC today voted 4-1 to approve controversial conflict-of-interest standards for asset-backed securities (ABS). The final rule is significantly amended from the proposal, so much so that SEC Commissioner Peirce said that a new proposal was required prior to final adoption.

 

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22 11, 2023

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2023-11-22T12:23:22-05:00November 22nd, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Fed Study: CBDC Analysis Needs Work, but Public-Welfare Benefits are Likely

A new FRB staff literature survey of CBDC analyses points to the wide variety of often-opposing findings relating to critical matters such as bank disintermediation and financial stability, attributing this in part to the different CBDC models under consideration in various nations.

Agencies Extend LTD Comment Period

As implied at a recent hearing (see Client Report REFORM229), the agencies have now delayed the comment deadline on long-term debt (see FSM Report TLAC9) until January 16 from November 30.

HFSC GOP Plans Immediate FDIC-Workplace Hearings

Clearly dissatisfied even though the FDIC’s new investigation will proceed without Chair Gruenberg’s involvement, HFSC Financial Institutions Subcommittee Chair Barr (R-KY) and Oversight Subcommittee Chair Huizenga (R-MI) wrote to Mr. Gruenberg demanding that he recuse himself from overseeing any independent investigation.

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