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16 06, 2023

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2023-06-16T16:49:58-04:00June 16th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waller Separates Monetary, Stability Policy

FRB Gov. Waller today defended recent rate hikes against criticism that they undermine financial stability, noting that monetary and stability policy are inter-related but must generally be addressed with different tools.

Brown-Scott Clawback Bill Adds Enforcement Teeth

In his first legislative mark-up since assuming the chairmanship in 2021, Banking Committee Chairman Brown (D-OH) will convene voting next Wednesday on compromise compensation-reform legislation on which he and Ranking Member Scott (R-SC) have agreed.

Hsu Warns of Tokenized-Settlement, AI Risk

Acting Comptroller Hsu’s speech today highlights both the benefits and risks of tokenization and AI, urging parallel development of new technologies and essential controls.

Democrats Try Again To Mandate TILA, CFPB Small-Business Authority

Banking Committee member Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) yesterday introduced legislation (S. 2021) along with Small Business Committee Ranking Member Velazquez (D-NY) (H.R. 4192) to extend TILA protections to small business lending, also giving the CFPB authority in this sector.

Fed Fears Little Systemic Risk

The financial-stability discussion in today’s report from the Federal Reserve ahead of next week’s hearings generally reiterates conclusions from the most recent Fed financial-stability report (see Client Report SYSTEMIC96): banks are generally sound and resilient and, despite MMF worries, most other vulnerabilities are of only moderate systemic concern.

Fed’s Long-Awaited Master-Account Database Goes Live

Conceding to a long-resisted and now statutory demand (see FSM Report PAYMENT25), the Federal Reserve today published the first database detailing who has or seeks access to Reserve Bank master accounts and services.…

6 06, 2023

FedFin on: Compensation Clawbacks

2023-06-06T16:43:15-04:00June 6th, 2023|The Vault|

Sen. Warren (D-MA) has introduced a revised version of legislation to ensure that both the FDIC and other federal banking agencies can demand that executives and others governing failed banks refund direct and indirect compensation to the federal government.  As with Sen. Warren’s prior bill to do so, this bill is bipartisan, now also containing compromise language on several points from the prior bill to increase the odds of enactment.  For example, the bill would apply only to those at failed banks with assets over $10 billion, making it more difficult to claw back compensation at smaller banks regardless of the level of compensation or nature of the actions of covered persons….

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1 06, 2023

Daily060123

2023-06-01T16:58:53-04:00June 1st, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

BIS Head Presses for New-Age, Tough Bank Supervision

BIS General Manager Carstens today absolved central banks in general and the Fed by clear inference from fault in recent bank failures by way of recent interest-rate hikes.  Noting also that the Basel III construct is very resilient in design and should have prevented these collapses and then the secondary systemic risk that resulted around the world, Mr. Carstens points instead to failures by bank senior management and directors to execute basic risk-management obligations.

Exec-Comp Clawback Bill Takes Shape

With additional GOP support now also on the Banking Committee, Sen. Warren (D-MA) today introduced a revised version of the earlier, also-bipartisan bill on executive-compensation clawbacks following mid-March bank failures (see FSM Report COMPENSATION35).  The new bill covers only banks with assets above $10 billion and direct and indirect compensation over three years, a change from the prior bill’s attempt to capture all compensation.

CFPB Sounds P2P Alarm

Building on its 2022 deposit-insurance representations circular (see FSM Report DEPOSITINSURANCE113), the CFPB today released an issue spotlight warning consumers that funds are at risk with payment apps such as Venmo.  The FDIC is heightening pressure on nonbanks that gather funds which consumers may confuse with insured deposits (see FSM Report DEPOSITINSURANCE117), but doing so for payment apps is far more challenging because funds move quickly in and out of insured accounts.

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24 05, 2023

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2023-05-24T17:16:58-04:00May 24th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

New Fed Paper Shows Link Between Twitter, Market Sentiment, Run Risk

A new FRB staff paper uses natural-language models and social-media data to craft a “twitter sentiment index” (TSI) that is then compared to actual market conditions.

Democrats Press Clawback, Regulatory Fixes as HFSC Considers Transparency Measures

Today’s HFSC mark-up so far has focused on one of Rep. Barr’s (R-KY) three regulatory transparency bills, with Democrats proposing a series of amendments without any deciding votes.

House Oversight Panel Focuses On Supervisory Accountability, Reform

At today’s hearing of the Financial Services Subcommittee of House Oversight on bank failures and supervision at the San Francisco Fed, Subcommittee Chairwoman McClain (R-MI) opened with a series of sharply-worded questions on who oversaw the bank, what factors might have distracted them from traditional supervision, why glaring risk factors were not more forcefully addressed, whether regulators were unduly complacent, whether the Fed and FDIC used all of their regulatory tools, and if the agencies have been objective and transparent in their bank failure post-mortems as well as their accounts of the systemic risk exception.

Markup Votes Postponed for Transparency, LLPA Bills

Since our last alert, Democrats continued to submit amendments for Rep Barr’s (R-KY) transparency bill at today’s HFSC markup and party lines cemented over Rep. Davidson’s (R-OH) LLPA bill.

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19 05, 2023

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2023-05-19T17:03:18-04:00May 19th, 2023|3- This Week|

Well, That Was Interesting!

As we anticipated, a series of hearings last week clarified what the banking agencies plan, what Congress thinks about it, and what’s soon to come.  Based on the reports cited below, we draft the following conclusions from the hearings, testimony, and reaction thereto:

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17 05, 2023

REFORM225

2023-05-17T16:03:47-04:00May 17th, 2023|5- Client Report|

HFSC Subcommittees Plow More Ground for Supervisory Accountability, Capital Reform, Clawbacks

A joint hearing today of HFSC’s Financial Institutions and Oversight Subcommittees expanded on themes at yesterday’s full Committee session with bank regulators (see Client Report REFORM224) and Senate Banking’s session with SVB’s and SBNY’s CEOs, with First Republic’s CEO now added to the Congressional firing line.  Much in this session repeated prior themes, with Rep. Dave Scott (D-GA) going beyond prior, sharp criticism to accuse SVB’s CEO of being the worst CEO in U.S. financial history.  Democrats demanded that he give up the bonus he received the day SVB failed and he went to Hawaii, receiving little satisfaction on this score and continuing demands for clawback legislation.  Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) continued to argue that contingent-capital instruments would ensure smooth resolutions, a position he said is shared by Chairman McHenry (R-NC) even though it supports a controversial Fed/FDIC proposal for regional-bank TLAC (see FSM Report RESOLVE48).

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16 05, 2023

DAILY051623

2023-05-16T17:44:43-04:00May 16th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Hsu Presses Reg Harmonization, Resolution Reform, Merger-Policy Rewrite

We now add our assessment of Acting Comptroller’s Hsu’s testimony to our analyses of those from Messrs. Barr and Gruenberg ahead of HFSC’s hearing later this morning.

Yellen Says White House Supports Community-Bank Exemptions

Speaking today to the ICBA, Secretary Yellen today joined the parade of policy-makers affirming the national importance of community banks.

JEC GOP Counter FRB on SVB Causality

JEC Republican staff today released a memo finding that tailored liquidity rules did not contribute to SVB’s failure, a contrast to the FRB’s SVB report (see Client Report REFORM221).

LLPAs Set for GOP Frying Pan

The majority-staff memo for tomorrow’s Housing Subcommittee hearing makes it clear that, as anticipated, the sole topic will be FHFA’s controversial LLPAs and related GSE pricing.

Senate Banking: Tough Grilling For Failed-Bank CEOs, Growing Consensus For Clawback Bill/Tough Rules

As predicted, today’s Senate Banking hearing with the CEOs of SVB and SBNY was a feisty session in which Democrats built their case for executive clawback legislation and the failed bank executives defended management while repeatedly placing blame on what they called an “unprecedented series of events.”

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15 05, 2023

DAILY051523

2023-05-15T17:23:44-04:00May 15th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Yellen Highlights Investor – Not Uninsured-Deposit – Runs, Buoys Sector Mergers

In an interview over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Yellen struck a decidedly different tone on bank mergers than voiced in the Administration’s policy prior to recent failures.

Gensler Outlines Top Financial Stability Concerns

In remarks today, SEC Chair Gensler outlined his financial-stability priorities.

Failed-Bank CEOs Defend Themselves, Contest Need For Receivership

Ahead of testimony tomorrow before Senate Banking, the CEOs of SVB and Signature have filed statements defending their actions and those of their colleagues.

FHFA Seeks Views On New Pricing Framework

Following last week’s announcement that it would postpone its controversial decision to retain an upfront fee related to a borrower’s debt-to-income level, the FHFA today released a Request for Input on the Enterprises’ single-family pricing framework as well as the process for setting their upfront guarantee fees.

Barr Stands His Supervisory, Regulatory Ground

Vice Chairman Barr’s testimony for Congressional hearings this week has just been released along with the Board’s 2023 supervision-and-regulation report.

Gruenberg Sticks To His Guns

FDIC Chairman Gruenberg’s Congressional testimony largely recounts prior statements about the condition of the banking system, recent bank failures, the new special-assessment proposal (see FSM Report DEPOSITINSURANCE120), and the agency’s deposit-insurance reform conclusion (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE119).

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20 04, 2023

DAILY042023

2023-04-20T17:02:29-04:00April 20th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Reed-Grassley Bill Lays Out Another Clawback Construct

Sens. Reed (D-RI) and Grassley (R-IA) introduced yesterday S. 1181, a bill allowing the FDIC to claw back the prior two years of failed bank executive compensation and prohibits them from working at another financial institution for at least two years.

FRB-NY Staff Find Severe Climate Risk At Big Four U.S. Banks But We Wonder

Based on a more in-depth study, a new FRB-NY post measures the market risk to financial institutions related to climate change.

FSB Report Shows Growing Supervisory Interest In Climate-Related Compensation Frameworks

A new FSB report on climate-related financial risk factors in compensation frameworks across the banking, insurance and asset management sectors concludes that financial institutions will need to continuously revise their climate-related criteria to ensure effective alignment of compensation with prudent risk management.

Brown Presses For Stringent FHLB Mission Standards

Following considerable furor over the role of the FHLBs in recent bank failures, Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) has written to FHFA Director Thompson requesting that the agency’s planned FHLB report also include a detailed assessment of this issue.

Waller Sees Promise In Tokenization, AI

Following prior comments about crypto risk, FRB Gov. Waller today highlighted two innovations he believes may well have natural use cases if their risks can be contained or mitigated.

Fed Study: Bank Enforcement Action Resolution Improves Minority Lending Outcomes

A new Federal Reserve paper concludes that enhancing bank loan and internal governance policies is critical to improving access to credit for minority …

14 04, 2023

Al041723

2023-04-14T16:38:08-04:00April 14th, 2023|3- This Week|

So Much to Do…

Last week, we continued our assessment of the policy questions confronting federal regulators and Congress as they simultaneously investigate recent failures and position themselves to get as much out of them as possible to achieve long-cherished reform goals.  Although there will be no decisive action until the Fed and FDIC submit their reports and answers to lots of letters that trickle in, important directional signs are coming into view.

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