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15 12, 2022

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2022-12-15T17:13:08-05:00December 15th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FinCEN Advances Beneficial-Ownership Privacy Constraints

Following its finalization of the beneficial ownership reporting rule, FinCEN today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would clarify how beneficial ownership information (BOI) must be acquired, used, and stored.  The proposal limits BOI access to only federal national security agencies, law enforcement authorities with a court order, financial institutions with customer due diligence requirements, and certain foreign and Treasury officials, all of which are subject to stringent security protocols aligned with the scope of the information request.

Chopra Defends Nonbank Repeat-Offender Registry, Confirms Zelle Watch-and-Wait

Today’s Senate Banking hearing repeated much of what HFSC and Director Chopra said yesterday (see Client Report CONSUMER45), with Democrats lauding the Bureau and Republicans condemning it for politicization, poor administrative process, and an unconstitutional construct. Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) grilled Director Chopra on the Bureau’s new proposal requiring certain nonbank financial firms to report enforcement actions, asking him what he would do if a nonbank said it was compliant with a consent order and the CFPB disagreed.

Comment Deadline Extended For Controversial DSIB-Resolution Standards

Reflecting continuing controversy, the Federal Reserve Board and FDIC today announced that they will extend by one month the comment deadline for their ANPR on large bank resolvability standards.  The former deadline was December 23; the new deadline is January 23.

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13 12, 2022

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2022-12-13T17:08:34-05:00December 13th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Glimmers of 2023 Policy Emerge in HFSC FTX Autopsy

As anticipated, today’s HFSC session fixated on the intricacies of FTX’s bankruptcy and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest.  Incoming Chairman McHenry (R-NC) supported the need for extensive regulation and new law but stressed separating the promise of crypto innovation from fraud committed by bad actors and again slammed the SEC’s strategy of “regulation by enforcement.”

FDIC Again Targets False Advertising, Logo Usage

Moving beyond its last effort at ending misrepresentation of deposit-insurance status (see FSM Report DEPOSITINSURANCE112), the FDIC Board today voted unanimously to issue for public comment a proposed modernization of how the FDIC logo is to be displayed and expand on prior efforts to block crypto firms from implying that they are insured.  We will soon provide clients with an in-depth analysis of the NPR, which also follows a CFPB circular (see FSM Report DEPOSITINSURANCE113) on FDIC insurance status misrepresentations in May.

Gruenberg, FDIC Nominees Set for Confirmation

As anticipated, Senate Banking today confirmed the Administration’s slate of FDIC directors, positioning them for approval before adjournment and thus giving the agency a full board for the first time in years.  Acting Chairman Gruenberg was approved 13-11, with Sen. Toomey (R-PA) voting for him despite strong objections likely to ensure final action this year on the entire slate.

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9 12, 2022

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2022-12-09T16:52:30-05:00December 9th, 2022|3- This Week|

Crypto Countdown

Crypto week will kick off Tuesday with an early-morning Peterson Economic Institute seminar at which Managing Partner Karen Petrou will preview not just two days of big box-office hearings, but also the outlook for bank regulation in the wake of growing Congressional interest into what the agencies knew, when they knew it, and why they appear to have done nothing about numerous risks with far-reaching policy impact if not also cost to the FDIC – see Karen Petrou’s last memo for who’s involved and what’s at risk as well as the letter sent late last week by Sens. Warren (D-CA) and Smith (D-NH) picking up on it.  We will of course be watching and then analyzing the House and Senate hearings featuring FTX.  We know already that both sessions will be a wild ride into territory of considerable danger for Sam Bankman Fried likely of little consequence to the broader policy questions roiling the future of cryptoassets and the actual action Congress and key agencies will take to define it.

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9 12, 2022

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2022-12-09T16:39:45-05:00December 9th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Toomey Gets His Fed Payment-Access Transparency

As we noted (see FSM Report PAYMENT25), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) strongly objects to the Fed’s latest payment-system access policy.  As a result, he sought and yesterday won inclusion of language in the NDAA that forces considerably more transparency than the Fed was otherwise willing to contemplate despite assurances that its final rule was indeed “transparent.”

FSB Suspends G-SII Designation

The FSB today announced it would discontinue its annual identification of global systemically important insurers (G-SIIs), instead opting only to publish a list of insurers subject to resolution planning and resolvability assessments in its Annual Resolution Report.  As noted yesterday, the FSB’s 2022 Resolution Report lays out a series of significant concerns about G-SII resolvability, especially when it comes to intra-group exposures.  It continues to work on ways to shutter large insurers without either adverse impact on policyholders or taxpayers.

Warren, Toomey Fed Transparency Bill Reaches all Financial Regulators

Heightening bipartisan calls for Fed transparency, Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Warren (D-MA) today introduced legislation designed to ensure the Fed’s accountability to Congress.  The measure unites Sen. Warren’s longstanding complaints about the Fed insider-trading scandals with the dissatisfaction Sen. Toomey expressed regarding master-account decisions most recently in the legislation on a new database detailed in a FedFin alert this morning.

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8 12, 2022

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2022-12-08T17:14:56-05:00December 8th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Comment Deadline Set For Fed’s Climate-Risk Management Principles

The Federal Register today includes the Fed’s comment request on proposed climate risk-management standards that would guide banking organizations with assets over $100 billion (see FSM Report CLIMATE15).

Basel: Climate Risk Not Ready for Capital Requirements

The Basel Committee today published a clarification by way of FAQs to its recently-finalized climate-risk management principles (see FSM Report CLIMATE14).

Warren, Smith Turn FTX Spotlight on Banking Agencies

As predicted in Karen Petrou’s memo on Monday, Congressional interest has now turned to the role of banks and their regulators in the FTX debacle.

FSB Heightens Focus on CCP, Insurer Resolvability

After over at least a decade of talking about nonbank resolvability, the FSB today announced that addressing it has become an “urgent” priority.

OCC’s Risk Inventory Continues To Target Deposit, Operational, Climate, Crypto Risk

As with its June 23 report on bank risks, the OCC’s December inventory reiterates concerns such as deposit outflow due to rate hikes, operational risks due to cyber-threats and third-party relationships, and compliance and credit risks.

Warren, Smith Back DOL Disqualification Proposal

Tackling yet another “big-bank” concern, Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Smith (D-MN) sent a letter today applauding the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) proposal to disqualify banks found guilty of criminal misconduct from being qualified professional asset managers.

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7 12, 2022

CLIMATE15

2022-12-07T14:11:16-05:00December 7th, 2022|1- Financial Services Management|

Climate-Risk Management

Following the pattern set in 2021 by the OCC, the FRB has now proposed climate risk-management standards as high-level principles to guide banking organizations with assets over $100 billion.  As with the OCC’s proposal and the very similar one that followed it from the FDIC, the FRB would give large banking organizations considerable discretion to manage climate financial risk as long as the organization expressly and transparently does so.  The Board is more explicit about the flexibility banks would have to decide if climate risk warrants a separate set of policies and procedures or if it can be incorporated into the broader risk-management construct.  However, regardless of an institution’s choice, the board of directors and senior management would need to ensure that climate risk is identified, measured, managed, and mitigated to the greatest extent possible consistent with the company’s business model and available climate-risk data.  Scenario analyses would also be required, although banks would have considerable flexibility conducting them.

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1 12, 2022

DAILY120122

2022-12-01T17:57:37-05:00December 1st, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FDIC, FRB-NY Highlight AOCI Losses

In remarks accompanying the banking-sector 3Q report, Acting FDIC Chairman Gruenberg noted that unrealized losses on AFS/HTM securities now total $690 billion, up 47 percent from just the second quarter.  This issue is also highlighted in remarks today from the head of supervision at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, but neither she nor Mr. Gruenberg indicates if the agencies plan any action in this arena.

Brown Talks Civil Rights, GOP Attacks CFPB

Although Chairman Brown (D-OH) used today’s Fair Lending hearing to renew discussion of his 2020 legislation bringing financial institutions under the Civil Rights Act (see FSM Report FAIRLEND9), most of the focus at the session was on the CFPB.

House Panel Blasts Fintech PPP Practices, Seeks Investigation

A new report from the Select Committee on the Coronavirus investigating the role of fintechs in PPP fraud concludes that fintechs failed to implement appropriate oversight and fraud-prevention strategies despite accruing “massive” profits from administration fees.

Barr Talks Even Tougher on Bank Capital Rewrite

Although Vice Chairman Barr today confirmed statements to the Senate Banking Committee (see Client Report REFORM214) that his holistic-capital review is under way without any immediate conclusions, he also emphasized that it will ensure that ample capitalization is sufficient for severe stress and creates incentives for prudent lending.  Current capital levels are, he said, at the low end of what research suggests they should be.

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30 11, 2022

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2022-11-30T17:09:02-05:00November 30th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Brown Again Asks Treasury for Crypto Action, Recommendations

In a letter today, Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) continued his press for regulators to do something soon about cryptoassets.  He called on Secretary Yellen to work quickly with regulators to advance the policy recommendations in recent Treasury reports (see Client Report CRYPTO32), noting in particular his concerns with vertical integration, calling for rules as well as recommendations regarding any needed statutory changes.

Confirmation Seems Assured for Full FDIC Board

At today’s confirmation hearing, Republicans raised numerous concerns with Acting Chairman Gruenberg, but appear reconciled to accepting his nomination in order to win confirmation for the two Republican nominees who would fill out the board.  Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) blasted Mr. Gruenberg over the alleged “power grab” last year and his support for climate risk initiatives, but the bulk of questioning centered around cryptoassets.

Brown Presses CFPB to Stop Silent Second Foreclosures

Chairman Brown (D-OH) today sent a letter today to CFPB Director Chopra urging the Bureau to sanction servicers foreclosing on “zombie” second liens.  These are second liens that were often piggybacks in pre-2008 high-LTV mortgages designed to ensure that first loans could be sold to the GSEs without private mortgage insurance.

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23 11, 2022

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2022-11-23T12:42:48-05:00November 23rd, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

OFAC Updates Guidance For Price-Cap Sanction Compliance

Reflecting ongoing negotiations about the level of the oil-price cap, OFAC last night provided updated guidance to banks and insurers about when transactions may violate this latest sanction.  The new guidance identifies “covered services” for financing; this means a commitment for the provision or disbursement of debt, equity, or economic resources related to the maritime transport of Russian oil.  However, and as before, U.S. persons are authorized to provide covered services if the Russian oil is purchased at or below the price cap.

FDIC Signals Tougher GSIB Resolution Reviews

With the FDIC signaling a tough new approach to resolution plan approval, the FRB and FDIC today announced the results of the resolution plans filed by U.S. GSIBs in July, 2021.  All the banking organizations saw their plans approved except for Citigroup, which had noted shortcomings due to data quality and management concerns; the bank now has until January 31, 2023 to submit a revised plan.  FDIC Acting Chairman Gruenberg noted that, going forward, the agencies will conduct more detailed reviews of internal testing results and independent capability assessments.

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21 11, 2022

M112122

2022-11-21T16:48:57-05:00November 21st, 2022|6- Client Memo|

What Will Be Done, Not Just Said, To Fix FTX

The only question left unanswered about FTX is whether it was a purposeful scam as more than a few clients conclude or a case of implacable forces ending the era of easy money that just got the better of another wunderkind whose awesome skills turned out to be largely confined to costumery conveying inspired innovation to all too many vulnerable investors and gullible politicians.  No matter which it is or even – as I think – if it’s a bit of both, FTX is a debacle that will change U.S. financial policy for the better unless FTX drives still more crypto chaos that then spills over to core financial infrastructure and intermediation.

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