#DIF

29 11, 2023

DAILY112923

2023-11-29T16:51:26-05:00November 29th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

FDIC’s OIG Presses for Non-Capital PCA Triggers, Additional Supervisory Reform

The FDIC’s OIG report on First Republic’s failure is at least as scathing as its SBNY post-mortem.

Treasury Launches Anti-Crypto Enforcement Campaign

In remarks today from Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo, Treasury officially launched its anti-crypto sanctions and AML campaign.

Basel Proposes Sweeping Climate-Risk Disclosure Standards

Following the FSB’s finding that most banks were failing to provide meaningful climate disclosures, the Basel Committee today issued proposed climate-risk disclosure standards.

3Q Report Highlights AOCI Risk

The FDIC’s 3Q banking-condition report includes a stunning 22.5 percent rise in the total of HTM and AFS unrealized losses, which now stand at $683.9 billion.

Senate Banking Opens Private-Credit Inquiry

Senate Banking Chair Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Reed (D-RI) today asked FRB Vice Chair Barr, Acting Comptroller Hsu, and FDIC Chair Gruenberg to look into the risks private credit poses to the banking system.

Daily112923.pdf

20 11, 2023

DEPOSITINSURANCE122

2023-11-21T10:40:15-05:00November 20th, 2023|1- Financial Services Management|

DIF Special Assessment

As the law requires and the FDIC Chairman promised after SVB and Signature Bank were declared systemic, the FDIC has finalized its proposed approach to imposing a systemic assessment to reimburse the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) for the resolution costs related to uninsured deposits following a systemic designation. The FDIC will do so via an assessment covering IDIs with uninsured-deposit holdings above $5 billion that have assets over $5 billion. This exempts most smaller banks, with the FDIC adopting this approach on grounds that it justly penalizes large IDIs it believes benefited the most from these systemic rescues.

DEPOSITINSURENCE122.pdf

17 11, 2023

DAILY111723

2023-11-17T16:32:11-05:00November 17th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

FDIC Special Assessment to Cost Still More

After abruptly cancelling its open meeting, the FDIC late yesterday released its final special-assessment rule.

GOP Tries to Force Gruenberg Out

Following HFSC Chairman McHenry’s (R-NC) decision yesterday to begin a formal investigation of FDIC Chair Gruenberg are not only a raft of Senate Republicans putting pressure on the increasingly-beleaguered long-time FDIC official, but also top Democrats.

Senate Dems, HFSC Intensify FDIC Scrutiny

Building on earlier comments, bipartisan scrutiny of the FDIC and Chairman Gruenberg grew this afternoon with two new letters from Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress.

Chopra Wants DIF Redesign

Although the most contentious issue on the agenda for yesterday’s cancelled FDIC meeting was the special assessment, the board was also to consider the Deposit Insurance Fund’s status and progress on its designated reserve ratio (DRR).

Daily111723.pdf

13 11, 2023

DAILY111323

2023-11-13T17:07:02-05:00November 13th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Senate Banking GOP Demand End-Game Withdrawal, Holistic Review Release

Making still clearer their line of attack at tomorrow’s hearing, all GOP Members of the Senate Banking Committee today sent Chairs Powell, Gruenberg and Acting Comptroller Hsu another letter demanding the withdrawal of the capital proposals.

FRB-PHL: Fintech Spots Credit Risk Better than Banks

A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia finds not only that fintech loan-risk scoring performed well during the pandemic, but also that the proprietary loan rating systems of large fintech companies better predict default likelihood in the personal loan market compared to traditional measures of credit risk.

Barr Stands By His Proposals

Vice chairman Barr’s testimony for forthcoming hearings emphasizes that the banking system is resilient and sound, eschewing the caveats included in Friday’s supervisory report about pockets of weakness.

Gruenberg Defends DIF Rewrites

While echoing comments from Messrs. Barr and Hsu about the sound banking system, FDIC Chair Gruenberg’s testimony pointed to what he called significant downside risk from higher rates, geopolitical tension, unrealized losses, and other factors.

Hsu Differentiates OCC Supervision, Defends Regs

Acting Comptroller Hsu’s testimony reiterates Mr. Barr’s comment about a sound banking system, pointedly noting that all of the recent failures were state-chartered.

Daily111323.pdf

7 09, 2023

FedFin on: Living-Will Requirements

2023-09-07T16:39:01-04:00September 7th, 2023|The Vault|

In conjunction with proposing a new long-term debt (LTD) requirement for categories II, III, and IV banks, the Fed and FDIC are pursuing other ways to enhance resolvability. Among these is new guidance for large domestic and foreign banking organizations that requires U.S. banking organizations and foreign banking organization (FBO) intermediate holding companies (IHCs) along with all their insured depositories when any is over $100 billion to file resolution plans. These are also redesigned to make the plans much closer in substance to those mandated for GSIBs.

The full report is available to retainer clients. To find out how you can sign up for the service, click here and here.…

7 09, 2023

LIVINGWILL22

2023-09-07T16:03:26-04:00September 7th, 2023|1- Financial Services Management|

Living-Will Requirements

In conjunction with proposing a new long-term debt (LTD) requirement for categories II, III, and IV banks, the Fed and FDIC are pursuing other ways to enhance resolvability.  Among these is new guidance for large domestic and foreign banking organizations that requires U.S. banking organizations and foreign banking organization (FBO) intermediate holding companies (IHCs) along with all their insured depositories when any is over $100 billion to file resolution plans.  These are also redesigned to make the plans much closer in substance to those mandated for GSIBs.  However, in a leading indicator of what the FRB is also likely to demand of GSIBs, smaller companies would be required to ensure severability – that is, the ability to cut off a weak limb to save the rest of the banking organization or ensure ready resolution without undue cost to the FDIC or systemic risk.  However, easing one aspect of current planning, banking organizations are expressly allowed to count on use of discount-window or other Fed lending facilities to avert failure if – and this is a significant new if – the plan rests atop sound collateral valuation and data-management systems.

LIVINGWILL22.pdf

20 07, 2023

FedFin on: Senate Banking Kicks Deposit-Insurance Reform Down the Road

2023-07-21T17:03:13-04:00July 20th, 2023|The Vault|

In the wake of today’s Senate Banking deposit-insurance reform hearing, it seems certain that there will be no legislation in the near term and most likely in this Congress to increase FDIC-insurance thresholds.  Although the FDIC recommended a new approach to transaction accounts in its policy review following recent bank failures (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE119), Senators on both sides of the aisle demurred.  Chairman Brown (D-OH) made it clear that any change in FDIC-coverage limits is conditioned on final, tougher bank regulations, essentially telling banks that successfully opposing new rules means keeping FDIC coverage as is….

The full report is available to retainer clients. To find out how you can sign up for the service, click here and here.…

20 07, 2023

DEPOSITINSURANCE121

2023-07-20T15:16:53-04:00July 20th, 2023|5- Client Report|

Senate Banking Kicks Deposit-Insurance Reform Down the Road

In the wake of today’s Senate Banking deposit-insurance reform hearing, it seems certain that there will be no legislation in the near term and most likely in this Congress to increase FDIC-insurance thresholds.  Although the FDIC recommended a new approach to transaction accounts in its policy review following recent bank failures (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE119), Senators on both sides of the aisle demurred.  Chairman Brown (D-OH) made it clear that any change in FDIC-coverage limits is conditioned on final, tougher bank regulations, essentially telling banks that successfully opposing new rules means keeping FDIC coverage as is.  Ranking Member Scott (R-SC) is no fan of new rules, but he also said that review of FDIC coverage should only follow significant improvements in bank supervision likely in his view to moot the need for higher deposit protection.  Sen. Scott was also emphatic that higher thresholds would need to come with higher premiums that could adversely affect bank competitiveness and credit availability.  Undeterred, Sen. Vance (R-OH) has introduced legislation to end deposit-insurance coverage limits for community banks.  Senators on both sides of the aisle focused instead on ensuring community-bank relief from pending special assessments (see FSM Report DEPOSITINSURANCE120) and, for Sen. Warren (D-MA), urging higher premiums for “TBTF” banks.

DEPOSITINSURANCE121.pdf

30 06, 2023

DAILY063023

2023-06-30T16:31:38-04:00June 30th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Warren Blasts Goldman Over SVB Dual Role

Raising an issue that could lead to broad demands for internal firewalls, Sen. Warren (D-MA) today sent a letter to the CEO of Goldman Sachs demanding more information about the bank’s dual role advising and buying financial instruments from SVB.  The senator raises concerns that this caused conflicts of interest and accuses the bank of using “accounting tricks” that were very costly to the DIF.

Key House Member Posits China Sanctions For Hong Kong Banking Activities

Joined by two U.K. MPs, House Select Committee on the CCP Chairman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today sent a letter to HSBC’s CEO raising concerns with what he says was the bank’s decision as well as that of other unnamed banks to block Mandatory Provident Fund withdrawal requests for Hong Kong residents with British National (overseas) passports.  Firing what may be a first shot into the broader battle of how global banks manage their relations with China, the letter highlights instructions to the fund’s trustee institutions – which include HSBC – from the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund Authority to disregard BN(O) passports.

Daily063023.pdf

26 06, 2023

Daily062623

2023-06-26T16:49:47-04:00June 26th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waters Forum On Deposit-Insurance Reform Focuses On Flexibility

HFSC Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) Friday hosted a roundtable on deposit insurance reform with a panel of industry experts and a legal scholar.

Bowman Blasts Barr Agenda, Cautiously Open to End Game

In remarks yesterday, FRB Governor Bowman continued her campaign against new capital rules, urging regulators instead to focus on liquidity and supervision.

FRB Withdraws Reserve Bank Registry Proposal

The Federal Register today published a notice from the FRB announcing that the Board is withdrawing proposed amendments (see FSM Report PAYMENT26) to its Account Access Guidelines that would have required Reserve Banks to publish periodic lists of depository institutions with access to Reserve Bank accounts.

Waters Recruits Treasury, SEC To Block GOP Crypto Bill

Ahead of HFSC mark-ups on digital assets legislation next month (see Client Report FEDERALRESERVE74), Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) today sent letters to Treasury Secretary Yellen and SEC Chairman Gensler asking for analyses of the draft digital assets market structure bill strongly opposed by Democrats.

Daily062623.pdf

Go to Top