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29 01, 2024

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2024-01-29T16:36:27-05:00January 29th, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

White House Advances AI Governance, Government Adoption

Following the President’s AI executive order (see Client Report AI3), the White House today released an update following a steering-group meeting.

BIS Study Examines Stablecoin Run-Risk

A new BIS study supports pending U.S. legislation and possible rules related to stablecoin reserve assets and run-risk, finding that transparency increases stablecoin stability when reserve assets are of high quality, but decreases stability when reserves are perceived to be low quality or when there are low transaction costs to convert to fiat.

Hsu Sets Course to New OCC Merger Policy with No Fed Companion in Sight

In remarks today emphasizing the need for a more transparent bank-merger process, Acting Comptroller Hsu announced that the OCC will today release an NPR eliminating the possibility that merger applications will be approved solely by the passage of time.

Warren Starts the New Year with Political Pressure on Fed Policy

Reiterating concerns about high interest rates, Sen. Warren (D-MA) along with Sens. Hickenlooper (D-CO), Rosen (D-NV) and Whitehouse (D-RI) today sent a letter to Chair Powell calling on him to reverse rate hikes, citing its impact on the current affordable housing crisis.

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9 08, 2023

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2023-08-09T16:35:20-04:00August 9th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Brown, Other Senate Dems Demand Fast Action on Fed Merger Policy Rewrite

Building on Sen. Warren’s (D-MA) longstanding Fed criticism, Chairman Brown (D-OH) along with Sens. Warren, Reed (D-RI), and Fetterman (D-PA) today directly demanded a substantive and speedy rewrite of Fed merger policy to ensure that statutory requirements related to financial-stability impact are met.  The letter not only criticizes past mergers Sen. Warren has long said are “rubber-stamped” and JPMorgan’s acquisition of First Republic, but also cites the Fed’s decision to allow UBS to acquire Credit Suisse.

Waters Doubles Down On Opposition To GOP Stablecoin Bill

In stark contrast to HFSC Chairman McHenry’s (R-NC) comments praising PayPal’s new payment stablecoin, Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) today sharply criticized the product and the risks its poses  given that the HFSC GOP has advanced a bill she thinks both highly problematic and unlikely to be enacted.

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12 07, 2023

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2023-07-12T17:05:21-04:00July 12th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

SEC Concedes, Drops MMF Swing Pricing

In a startling bow to industry comments, the SEC today finalized MMF rules for institutional prime and tax-exempt funds that dispense with the proposal’s swing pricing (see FSM Report MMF19).

HFSC Bickers Over ESG, SEC Authority, Investor Rights

Today’s ESG hearing was the partisan show-down we anticipated – indeed, Rep. Sherman (D-CA) denounced the GOP for “waging war” against capitalism like Leon Trotsky.

Fed Nominations Advance

As anticipated, Senate Banking today approved the nominations of all three Federal Reserve Board nominees for the full Senate.

Warren Heightens Anti-Merger Campaign

Republicans were absent today from Senate Banking’s Economic Policy bank-merger hearing.  Chair Warren (D-MA) reiterated her strong opposition to virtually all mergers, indicating her plans to reintroduce anti-merger legislation from prior Congresses (see FSM Report MERGER8).

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10 07, 2023

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2023-07-10T14:18:21-04:00July 10th, 2023|6- Client Memo|

The Bankruptcy of Bank-Merger Policy

On Wednesday, a Senate Banking subcommittee will consider bank-merger policy, surely providing a platform for its chair, Sen. Warren’s pronounced views opposing all but the smallest bank mergers and maybe not even those.  Many other senators are not as adamant, but even pro-business Republicans – see J.D. Vance – think bank mergers beyond the itty-bitty are at best problematic.  The politics of this debate is obvious; the substance not so much.  As with many other questions, bank-merger policy is best set with a keen understanding of recent, objective research and what it actually says about concentration as it occurs outside the gaze of those fearful only of still bigger big banks.

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10 07, 2023

Karen Petrou: The Bankruptcy of Bank-Merger Policy

2023-07-10T14:18:07-04:00July 10th, 2023|The Vault|

On Wednesday, a Senate Banking subcommittee will consider bank-merger policy, surely providing a platform for its chair, Sen. Warren’s pronounced views opposing all but the smallest bank mergers and maybe not even those.  Many other senators are not as adamant, but even pro-business Republicans – see J.D. Vance – think bank mergers beyond the itty-bitty are at best problematic.  The politics of this debate is obvious; the substance not so much.  As with many other questions, bank-merger policy is best set with a keen understanding of recent, objective research and what it actually says about concentration as it occurs outside the gaze of those fearful only of still bigger big banks.

That there is undue market power in a financialized economy that brings a raft of woes is all too clear.  I thus hoped that Assistant Attorney General Kanter’s remarks last month would be a meaningful update of the Department of Justice’s anachronistic 1995 policy.  It helped, but only a bit because Mr. Kanter focused principally on enforcement, leaving “broader” questions solely to the banking agencies.

They in turn have long promised a transparent merger policy, but it’s still deal-by-deal, case-by-case, crisis-by-crisis.  More than a few mid-sized banks will wither away as deliberations continue because the sheer uncertainty and delays of most bank mergers undermine their economic value, particularly at a time of high interest rates, slow or no growth, tough new rules, and withering competition.

Recent antitrust research does not substantiate easy, blanket assertions about the benefits or …

27 06, 2023

FedFin on: Failed-Bank Compensation, Resolution

2023-06-27T16:13:11-04:00June 27th, 2023|The Vault|

The Senate Banking Committee has overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to reform executive compensation following larger insured-depository institution (IDI) failures, with parent-company executive compensation also at risk in some circumstances.  Unlike previous bipartisan claw-back legislation, this measure is targeted to incentive compensation, not salary, expressly exempts “white knights,” institution-affiliated persons and directors, and gives the FDIC discretion also to allow senior officers to retain affected compensation in certain other circumstances…

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27 06, 2023

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2023-06-27T16:00:07-04:00June 27th, 2023|1- Financial Services Management|

Failed-Bank Compensation, Resolution

The Senate Banking Committee has overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to reform executive compensation following larger insured-depository institution (IDI) failures, with parent-company executive compensation also at risk in some circumstances.  Unlike previous bipartisan claw-back legislation, this measure is targeted to incentive compensation, not salary, expressly exempts “white knights,” institution-affiliated persons and directors, and gives the FDIC discretion also to allow senior officers to retain affected compensation in certain other circumstances.  Also unlike the prior bill, this measure would make it more difficult for the FDIC to resolve a failing IDI as it did for First Republic via an assisted acquisition by JPMorgan despite the overall prohibition on any U.S. institution holding more than ten percent of national deposits.  The Senate bill also mandates that IDIs and parent companies adopt governance standards that give the firm power to claw back compensation in the event of weak condition or poor management practice.

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5 04, 2022

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2023-03-27T12:44:22-04:00April 5th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

HFSC Set to Quiz Yellen on Sanctions, Global Finance

As anticipated, the HFSC memo ahead of tomorrow’s hearing with Secretary Yellen highlights many pending bills designed to increase sanctions against Russia and Belarus, as well as the companies, oligarchs, and others affiliated with them or found to be acting on their behalf.  The memo includes not only a thorough compilation of bills to which we have alerted clients since the invasion began, but also a draft measure to bar an array of investment-banking or brokering activities related to Russia-based or -related obligations regardless of currency and to prohibit any such securities in investment funds.

IMF Official Urges Caution on CBDC Adoption

Bo Li, Deputy Managing Director at the IMF, urged caution today at an East African Finance Conference about building central bank digital currencies, referencing the findings of an IMF study on CBDC pilot programs.

Waters Demands Racial-Equity Action

As anticipated, the HFSC’s Oversight Subcommittee hearing on reparations featured considerable criticism of the financial services industry.  Most notably, Committee Chairwoman Waters (D-CA) said that some banks that provided loans to finance the purchase of slaves are still in operation, solely singling out JP Morgan. She also stated that she was looking forward to discussing the actions of the financial industry and how it will remedy the lingering effects of profiting from slavery.

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25 03, 2022

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2023-03-27T16:04:54-04:00March 25th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Fed Puts Off Finalizing New DIHC Framework
The FRB today extended the comment deadline on a longstanding proposal crafting a new regulatory framework for depository institution holding companies principally engaged in insurance services.

CFPB Wants to Hear More re Pricing Practices
Saying it has been swamped with consumer tales about “junk fees,” the CFPB today extended the comment deadline until April 11 on its request for views on this hot topic.

Bipartisan Crypto Construct Harder to Build than Describe
On a Politico webcast last night, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) announced a bipartisan alliance to craft cryptoasset standards they expect to see on the Senate floor by year-end.

Waller Still Wants Little to Do with a CBDC
At a feisty panel today, FRB Gov. Chris Waller stood by his view that a CBDC is “a solution in search of a problem.”

Senate Democrats Demand Overdraft-Fee Fix
Sen. Rev. Warnock (D-GA) and Chairman Brown (D-OH) joined other Democrats demanding lower or eliminated overdraft fees.

FDIC Starts Process of Revising Bank-Merger Policy

The FDIC today has officially released the bank-merger RFI that now-Acting Chairman Gruenberg and CFPB Director Chopra sought to release under Chair Jelena McWilliams.

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