14 11, 2022


2022-11-14T17:00:05-05:00November 14th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FSB Thinks 2020 Reg Relief Could Go, Stay – It All Depends

In conjunction with the G20 summit, the FSB has released a policy paper assessing the extent to which various pandemic-related regulatory forbearances should be continued.

FSB Reiterates Climate, Crypto, NBFI Plans

The FSB head’s letter to the G20 today reiterates all of the priorities expressed in its October letter to G20 finance ministers.

Regulatory Hearings to Address Last-Gasp 2022 Agenda, Position Panels for a Busy New Year

With GOP House and Democratic Senate control largely assured, this week’s hearings with Messrs. Barr, Gruenberg, Harper, and Hsu will illuminate not only current priorities – most notably what’s next for federal crypto law and rule – but also the very different priorities HFSC and Senate Banking will advance in the next Congress.

FRB-NY Staff: Big U.S. Banks Remain Extremely Resilient

In its latest assessment of the vulnerability of the fifty largest U.S. BHCs, Federal Reserve Bank of New York staff confirmed the overall rosy assessment of bank resilience in the Board’s latest financial-stability report (see Client Report SYSTEMIC94).

OCC Ramps Up Fair-Lending Enforcement

In remarks delivered for Acting Comptroller Hsu, Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy Grovetta Gardineer reiterated that ensuring fairness is a top OCC priority.

Gruenberg Finally Gets the Nod

Knowing now that he has secured Democratic Senate control into next year, President Biden today finally and formally nominated Acting FDIC Chairman Gruenberg to assume the chairmanship.


11 10, 2022


2022-10-12T10:22:34-04:00October 11th, 2022|1- Financial Services Management|

Debit-Card Routing Requirements

Leaving its interchange-fee restrictions intact – at least for now – the Federal Reserve has finalized its proposal expanding on its existing requirement that all debit- card transactions must be enabled for processing on at least two unaffiliated payment-card networks for card-not-present transactions.  Although the rule does not address the still more contentious question of the ceilings on debit-card interchange fees, it does indicate that the FRB may turn to these.  Any change in permissible fees would have still more dramatic impact on bank and network- provider income, benefiting merchants, tech-platform companies, small networks, and perhaps also consumers if merchants pass along any savings and new networks prove robust.


7 10, 2022


2022-10-12T10:23:24-04:00October 7th, 2022|3- This Week|

Why It’s Nice to be Majority Whip

Although the Senate will come back on Tuesday for what will be an almost pro-forma session, one big item is likely to come to the Senate floor: the national Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  This must-pass bill may seem far afield from financial policy, but Majority Whip Durbin (D-IL) has moved aggressively to position his bill to impose interchange-fee restriction once credit cards akin to his now famous “Durbin Amendment” for debit cards (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE10).  The first restrictions on what ends up in the NDAA include what leadership wants and that the amendment has the patina of having something to do with national defense.


3 10, 2022


2022-10-05T10:29:43-04:00October 3rd, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Gruenberg Commits to Climate-Risk Standards, Cautious on Premium Hike

Acting FDIC Chairman Gruenberg today strongly defended banking-agency action addressing climate risk, indicating that the FDIC will advance pending risk-management principles akin to those pending from the OCC (see FSM Report GREEN12) along with working with the Fed.

FRB-Chicago Study: Big U.S. Banks are Oligopolists

A new Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago working paper finds that U.S. banking has become increasingly concentrated judged by the top-five bank’s market share and a standard market-power index, concluding that this “oligopolistic” sector is thus able to charge undue fees to weaker corporate customers.

Warren Zelle Report Finds “Rampant” Fraud, Slams Banks

Following the hearing with large-bank CEOs (see Client Report REFORM213), Sen. Warren (D-MA) released a scathing report concluding that Zelle is plagued by “rampant and increasing fraud.”

Board Defies Critics, Demands Two Networks for Online Debit Transactions

Ahead of possible Congressional action on legislation to restrict credit-card interchange fees (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE10), the FRB today voted 6-1 to finalize its controversial proposal (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE8) requiring debit-card issuers to enable at least two unaffiliated payment-card networks, including with regard to “card not present” transactions.

FSOC Presses New Law, Rule, Supervisory Standards to Tackle Crypto Systemic Risk

As anticipated, the FSOC today approved a sweeping report on cryptoasset financial stability, finding that interconnectedness between this sector and the financial system poses significant risk that warrants structural action.


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