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23 12, 2022

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2022-12-23T12:16:11-05:00December 23rd, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FTC Tackles Debit-Card Networks, Access

With no let-up for the holidays, the FTC today charged that MasterCard violated both the Durbin Amendment and FRB rules (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE11) mandating that merchants be given the choice of competing debit-card networks and that no efforts be made to block them from doing so.  The order applies to the competing ecommerce network by virtue of Mastercard’s tokenizing practices, which the FTC concluded impeded merchant access in numerous improper ways.  The consent order requires MasterCard to give competing networks the customer information necessary to process the debit-card transaction and bans Mastercard from barring use of other tokens.

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13 07, 2022

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2023-01-06T15:18:57-05:00July 13th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Small Business Committee Urges Fintech Transparency, New CFPB Role in Fintech Lending

Today’s Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations hearing on fintech transparency focused on financial practices that may harm small businesses’ access to credit.

HFSC Party Lines Form on CRA Rewrite

As anticipated, the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions today held a hearing examining the banking agencies’ proposed rule to modernize the CRA (see FSM Report CRA32).

Fed Proposes Debit-Card, Payment-System Data Collections

Although the Fed has yet to finalize a controversial proposal related to debit-interchange fees (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE8), it has proposed changes to how it collects debit-card information essential to implementing changes to network selection and, should it come to do so, fee calculations.

FSB Chair Reiterates Need for Crypto Regulation, Highlights Progress on Climate Roadmap

FSB Chair Klaas Knot’s letter today to the G20 ministerial reiterated all the points regarding COVID exit strategies, regulation of cryptoassets, and executing FSB’s climate roadmap outlined after June’s plenary meeting.

Senate Democrats Demand More Stringent, Binding Fed Ethics Standards

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined by four other Democrats today sent a letter to Chairman Powell again calling for more stringent, enforceable Fed ethics standards, and reminded Mr. Powell in strongly-written arguments about the need to do so via binding regulation or by the kind of statutory change they have already introduced.

Global Regulators Press for Global Stablecoin Payment-Risk Standards

Doubtless spurred by FSB requests and market …

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