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7 05, 2024

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2024-05-07T17:04:28-04:00May 7th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

GAO Presses FDIC, OCC for Blockchain, Third-Party Risk Standards

The GAO today issued its annual reports to the FDIC and OCC, stating that the agencies had failed to implement two of last year’s priority recommendations on the coordination of blockchain policy and policy clarifying how banks must handle third-party relationship’s use of alternative underwriting data.

SF Fed: Less Bank Lending, Fewer Jobs

A new study from the San Francisco Fed looks at why banks curtailed lending in 2023, attributing about half of this to re-evaluating their ability to take on risk without analyzing why this internal decision might have been made.

Gruenberg Faces Fight of His FDIC Life

The key policy question aroused by the independent counsel’s blistering report today on the FDIC is whether Chair Gruenberg can survive it and, if not, what happens next to an FDIC board likely to be tied on key questions such as finalizing all the capital standards and the agency’s particularly stringent merger policy (see FSM Report MERGER15).

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11 03, 2024

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2024-03-11T17:15:23-04:00March 11th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

Hagerty Demands Signature-Asset Sale Answers ASAP

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) yesterday sent a letter to Chair Gruenberg questioning the FDIC’s adherence to requirements in its auction process during the sale of Signature Bank’s loan portfolio, accusing the FDIC of making political choices inconsistent with its least-cost mandate.

Scott Again Calls for Gruenberg Resignation

Adding to GOP pressure on FDIC Chair Gruenberg, Senate Banking Ranking Member Scott (R-SC) yesterday sent a letter reiterating his demand that Mr. Gruenberg step down.

BTFP Demise if FHLB Opportunity

As anticipated, the BTFP window closed today.

FDIC’s Hill Wants New Blockchain, Liquidity Standards

FDIC Vice Chair Hill today said there are “significant downsides” to the agency’s current approach to blockchain, describing its message and that of the inter-agency policy (see Client Report CRYPTO32) as “don’t bother trying.”

Warren Tries to Divide Powell from Other Regulators to Conquer Capital Regs

Following her grilling of Chair Powell last week regarding his decision to intervene in setting the new capital rules, Sen. Warren (D-MA) yesterday sent a letter to Vice Chair Barr, Chair Gruenberg, and Acting Comptroller Hsu asking them if pressure from big banks has “weakened your resolve.”

GAO Wants FinCEN to Move Better, Faster

Reinforcing longstanding bank complaints about the current AML regime, GAO today published a report finding that FinCEN needs to improve transparency surrounding its progress implementing the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (see FSM Report AML132).

Biden Presses for Statutory Change Boosting FHLB Affordable-Housing Contributions

President Biden’s FY25 …

26 02, 2024

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2024-02-26T16:36:24-05:00February 26th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

BIS: More Bank Competition Leads to Increased Credit Risk

A new BIS paper looks at a question critical to the debate over bank-merger policy:  the extent to which competition drives bank risk-based pricing decisions in corporate lending and, by extension, other credit markets.

OCC Proposes Changes to FOIA Procedures

The OCC today proposed several changes to its FOIA procedures, including allowing expedited processing requests and appeals of denials of these requests and those for fee waivers.

Warren, Progressives Expand Blast on CapOne/Discover Deal to Encompass OCC Merger Proposal

Following other Democratic attacks on the CapOne/Discover merger and her own, Sen. Warren (D-MA) continued her challenge in a letter also signed by twelve House Democrats.

CFPB Takes Precedent-Setting Step Bringing Nonbanks Under Supervision

The CFPB late Friday released its first contested finding that a nonbank is subject to its supervision following the establishment in 2022 of a process for bringing nonbanks under its supervisory wings (see FSM Report CONSUMER44).

Senate Republicans Introduce Anti-CBDC Bill

Sen. Cruz (R-TX) alongside Sens. Hagerty (R-TN), Scott (R-FL), Budd (R-NC) and Braun (R-IN) today introduced a bill to prohibit the Fed from directly or indirectly issuing a CBDC or even using CBDC as a monetary-policy tool.

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15 12, 2023

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2023-12-15T17:31:25-05:00December 15th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Crypto Measures Await Next Session

As anticipated, HFSC Chair McHenry (R-NC) was able to fend off concerted efforts by Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Warren (D-MA) to add the Warren-Marshall crypto bill to the National Defense Authorization Act.

FSOC to Target Hedge Funds, Nonbank Mortgage Companies

The readout from Treasury on yesterday’s FSOC meeting provides insight into the Council’s executive session suggesting significant near-term systemic action regarding hedge funds.

FSB Plans Broad Rewrite of Public Backstops, GSIFI Resolvability, Operational Readiness

The FSB’s 2023 Resolution Report today advises banks and public sector authorities to be prepared to access public sector funding in resolution, with the Board planning to review whether existing public sector backstops are adequate to meet potential failure scenarios.

Brown Renews Bipartisan Quest to Constrain Nonbank Banks

Advancing the big-tech concerns he most recently voiced before GSIB CEOs (see Client Report GSIB23), Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) has introduced S. 3538, bipartisan legislation to impose bank regulation on non-bank parent companies of insured depository institutions.

DOJ Targets Fraudulent Microtransactions

Cracking down on unauthorized bank account charges, the DOJ today announced multiple actions against “sham” companies alleged to have used misrepresentations or unauthorized charges to steal money from consumers’ financial accounts.

CRS Warns Credit Card Act Could Result In Risky Retailer Payment Networks

The CRS this week issued a report analyzing the Durbin-Marshall Credit Card Competition Act, S.1838 (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE10), projecting that fee caps will have a greater impact on transaction fees than competition, with …

12 12, 2023

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2023-12-12T17:09:22-05:00December 12th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

IMF Calls for Enhanced Climate-Risk Analyses, Stress-Testing

Calling for implementation of the Basel Committee’s climate-related financial risk principles (see FSM Report CLIMATE14), the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department Director, Tobias Adrian, today pressed central banks to enhance their climate risk analyses and adapt stress-testing frameworks to better reflect climate-financial risk transmission and amplification channels.

Agencies Come Under Still More Workplace-Practice Scrutiny, Political Pressure

As we noted last week, House Republicans are now using ongoing assertions of FDIC workplace dysfunction to attack the OCC.

HFSC Subcomm Considers Sanctions Enforcement

Today’s HFSC National Security Subcommittee hearing focused primarily on critiques of US energy sanctions enforcement related to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.

House Select Committee Calls on Fed to Stress Test China Risk

The House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party today released a bipartisan report urging Congress to direct the Fed to stress-test U.S. banks for their ability to withstand Chinese market risk, produce classified reports on these assessments, and consider the financial market impact of potential sanctions on Chinese financial firms.

Basel Proposes Modest Fix to IRR Standards, Post-SVB Revisions Await

As anticipated, the Basel Committee today released a consultation revising global interest-rate risk (IRR), standards updating current banking-book standards (see FSM Report IRR7) to toughen the IRR-shock calibration.

McKernan Extends Capital Olive Branch

FDIC Director McKernan today offered an end-game compromise that might actually lead to final rules in 2024 that defer some of the …

8 12, 2023

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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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20 10, 2023

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2023-10-20T17:21:03-04:00October 20th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Senate AI Measure Tackles Financial Services

The text of the key Senate AI bill, S. 3050, has now become available.

Banking Agencies Offer Olive Branch

Reflecting strong pressure and recent FRB Chair Powell statements, the FRB today announced the launch of an open data collection assessing the rule’s effects – an issue on which many bank comment letters and Congressional Republicans have been scathing.

GOP Renew Funding Campaign vs. CFPB via Fed Losses

HFSC Vice Chairman Hill (R-AR) yesterday reintroduced legislation pressuring both the Fed and CFPB by prohibiting the Fed from transferring its earnings to the Bureau if the Fed incurs an operating loss.

FinCEN Highlights Hamas Sanction Red Flags

Reflecting ongoing Congressional pressure and recent Treasury sanctions, FinCEN today issued an alert reminding financial institutions to remain vigilant for suspicious activity related to Hamas funding sources.

Fed Stays Stoic on Financial-Stability Outlook

The FRB today released is semiannual financial-stability report differing little from the relatively-sanguine outlook in its May report (see Client Report SYSTEMIC94).

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8 06, 2023

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2023-06-08T16:56:17-04:00June 8th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Bills Advanced re Emergency M&A, FDIC Ceiling

The Congressional Record today includes two Democratic bills with possible prospects despite House GOP control.

CFPB Extends Data Broker RFI Deadline

The CFPB today extended the comment deadline on its RFI inquiring about the business models and practices of data brokers.

Treasury Fairness/Compliance Initiative Targets Government Payments

Treasury today issued a new policy on promoting fair and effective compliance via a memorandum from Deputy Secretary Adeyemo.

Gensler Doubles Down On SEC Crypto Policy

In remarks today implicitly rebutting GOP assertions that the SEC has gone too far and new law expanding CFTC authority is needed, SEC Chairman Gensler strongly reasserted that most cryptoassets are securities subject to SEC oversight.

Bank Regulators, CFPB Encourage Appraisal Revaluation

Reflecting ongoing efforts to address appraisal bias, the banking agencies and the CFPB today proposed new interagency guidance on reconsiderations of value (ROV) for residential real estate, outlining the risks of deficient valuations and highlighting policies addressing them.

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12 05, 2023

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2023-05-12T17:05:25-04:00May 12th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Bowman Blasts Barr

In another public sign of a growing FRB divide, Gov. Bowman early this morning followed Gov. Waller in taking strong issue with what would otherwise appear to be Board policy.

Fed Nominees Face Tough Confirmation Fight

In response to President Biden’s nomination of Philip Jefferson for Fed Vice Chair and Dr. Adriana Kugler and Lisa Cook to Fed Governor seats, Democrats have voiced strong support while Republicans are biding their time on nominations sure to prove controversial.

GOP Presses Broader FDIC, FRB Backstops

Picking up on the FDIC’s report (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE119), Republicans have introduced legislation to provide limited coverage for transaction accounts and address other issues raised by recent events.

FRB-NY: SVB, Signature are 1930s Redux

Following on its post yesterday regarding changing bank-funding sources, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York today argues that the concentrated, uninsured deposit bases at SVB and SBNY are directly comparable to those of small rural banks in the 1930s.

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16 03, 2023

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2023-03-16T17:11:59-04:00March 16th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

FedFin Assessment: One CS Consequence – LISCC Reinstatement For All Large Foreign GSIBs

In the wake of CS’s distress, we draw client attention to a 2021 exchange sure to factor heavily in the political response.

Brown Presses For In-Depth SVB, Signature Review

As anticipated (see Client Report RESOLVE49), Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) today called on all the banking agencies and Treasury quickly to undertake a review of SVB and Signatures failures.

Warren Heaps Still More Blame On Powell

In another letter today, Sen. Warren (D-MA) once again lambasted Chair Powell for what she claimed was his direct contribution to the collapse of Signature Bank and SVB as well as a “a culture of corruption” at the Fed.

Senate GOP Blames Fed, California re SVB

Senate Banking Republicans today tweeted a series of comments citing articles going back to last year identifying SVB risk and suggesting strongly that the Fed and California state supervisors are at fault for missing clear warning signs.

Bipartisan Senators Push Better Beneficial-Ownership Data Access

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Whitehouse (D-RI) was joined by Sens. Wyden (D-OR), Warren (D-MA), Grassley (R-IA), and Rubio (R-FL) late yesterday in submitting a comment letter to FinCEN taking serious issue with its proposed implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) (see FSM Report AML135).

Senate Finance Hearing Deepens SVB Divide

At a heated Senate Finance hearing with Treasury Secretary Yellen, Members were quick to deviate from the hearing’s budget-focused agenda to address who should bear the …

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