23 08, 2023


2023-08-23T15:54:55-04:00August 23rd, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waters Blasts ICE/BKI Merger, Rejecting Recent Compromises

Reiterating her concerns about the ICE/Black Knight merger, HFSC Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) last night asked FTC Chair Khan not to approve it or, should it do so in light of recent settlements, add strict conditions.  Rep. Waters is concerned by a recent divestment designed to appease the FTC, noting ICE’s propensity for raising prices in other markets and the adverse effect doing so would have on mortgage affordability, asking for prohibition on undue integration with the firm acquiring BKI’s pricing engine along with price transparency that should be applied not only to the merged firm, but also to other parties.

Global Regulators Press CCP Resolvability

Reflecting ongoing FSB concerns about CCP resilience, IOSCO and the BIS Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures today released a joint report on CCP best practices for addressing non default losses (NDLs), stressing that the report does not create new standards or provide new guidance.


14 04, 2023


2023-04-14T16:36:06-04:00April 14th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waller Defends Fed SVB Policy

FRB Gov. Waller today defended recent Fed actions, reiterating that SVB was an idiosyncratic risk but it also posed systemic run risk, the most fundamental threat to financial stability.

FHFA Opens the Suggestion Box

FHFA today sought views on its corpus of GSE regulation.

FRB-NY Proposes Novel Way To Prevent Bank Runs

A  new post from FRB-NY staff adapts the minimum-balance-at-risk (MBR) policy long discussed for MMFs (see FSM Report MMF16) to bank deposits to determine the extent to which it would quell uninsured-deposit runs.

CFPB Announces Revisions To APOR Methodology

The CFPB today announced a revised version of its Methodology for Determining Average Prime Offer Rates (APOR).

Bowman Rejects Calls For New Rules

In remarks today, FRB Gov. Bowman again differed from Vice Chairman Barr, emphasizing that recent failures are likely not an “indictment” of current rules and that judgment should await the Fed’s report and those from others.


15 03, 2023


2023-03-15T16:58:30-04:00March 15th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waters Reiterates ICE/BKI Opposition

HFSC Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) released a statement today applauding the FTC’s move to block Intercontinental Exchange from acquiring the mortgage software company Black Knight.

Progressives Press For Tailoring Redo

Cementing prior denouncements of 2018 Dodd-Frank “rollbacks” into legislative action, 17 Democratic senators and 31 House Members today took direct aim at Trump-era banking policy by introducing legislation that would repeal Title IV of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

Bowman Presses Small-Bank Mergers, Climate Caution, Third-Party Guardrails

In remarks today, FRB Governor Bowman noted that delays in merger reviews cause significant operational and reputational risks and suggested considering all competitors when evaluating a small bank merger’s competitive effect to reduce delays.

New CFPB RFI Brings Data Brokers Under Scrutiny

Ahead of a planned rulemaking, the CFPB today released an RFI seeking comments on the business practices of data brokers, focusing on new business models to determine if certain practices fall under the scope of FCRA.

Warren, Blumenthal Call on DOJ, SEC to Investigate SVB

Although media reports indicate that an investigation is already under way, Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter today to Attorney General Garland and SEC Chairman Gensler urging them to investigate senior SVB officials if they are not already doing so.

FHFA Delays New DTI-Based Upfront Fee

Following an announcement this January that FHFA would implement changes to Fannie and Freddie’s single-family pricing framework, Director Thompson today announced that the Agency will delay the effective …

22 12, 2022


2022-12-22T16:43:24-05:00December 22nd, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Waters Blasts ICE/BKI Merger

Although HFSC Chair Waters (D-CA) frequently opposes large-bank mergers, her stand today against the ICE/Black Knight deal is the first time we can recall her taking a public stand on a transaction before the Federal Trade Commission (outside HFSC’s jurisdiction).

Toomey Sets Agenda for GOP Fed Reform

Among his parting shots, Senate Banking Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) yesterday introduced legislation to reform the Federal Reserve System.

Toomey Also Tries to Set Stablecoin Agenda

In another effort to set the terms of debate before he departs, Senate Banking Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) also introduced a new version of his initial stablecoin legislation (see FSM Report CRYPTO27).

Warren Doubts Zelle’s Fraud Policy Changes

Continuing her campaign against Zelle fraud, Sen. Warren (D-MA) today sent a letter to the CEO of Zelle’s parent company demanding a briefing on pending efforts to compensate consumers for fraudulent transfers.

CFPB Cites ARM Risks, Rewards

The CFPB today issued a consumer alert describing the risks associated with various mortgage products during a period of rising interest rates.

Project Hamilton Ducks CBDC-Feasibility Decision

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston today announced the completion of its Project Hamilton work with MIT on a U.S. CBDC.

Fed to Reconsider Key Bank-Control Criteria

Although the banking agencies today reiterated that their policy is not generally to require reporting of loans to potentially controlling principal-fund complexes or banks that meet passivity requirements, the Fed will now reconsider relevant rules in this sector.


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