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14 12, 2023

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2023-12-15T17:22:54-05:00December 14th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Top Senate Democrats Heighten Payment App Scrutiny

Continuing to shift their focus from Zelle to payment-service providers, Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) along with Sens. Reed (D-RI) and Warren (D-MA) today sent letters to Paypal and CashApp urging them to adopt new scam-reimbursement policies.

Treasury Defends Russian Sanctions, Economic-Warfare Clout

Facing increasing assertions that U.S.-led sanctions are not meaningfully affecting Russia, Treasury today issued a blog stoutly defending sanctions effectiveness.

Reed Presses OFR to Subpoena Shadow-Bank Data

The principal sponsor of the Dodd-Frank provisions creating the Office of Financial Research, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), today defended the agency on grounds that it lacks a confirmed director, promising to push the appointment on the floor as quickly as possible.

Basel Targets Stablecoin Reserve-Asset Risk

Moving forward with “targeted” changes to current standards, the Basel Committee today outlined revisions to its crypto standards with significant practical implications.

Liang Disputes Over-Arching Need for New AI Regs

Treasury Under Secretary Liang today argued that AI is not fundamentally different than other financial innovations and is already subject to existing consumer-protection, safety-and-soundness, illicit-finance, and financial-stability guardrails.

FRB-NY Official Highlights AI Promise, Problems, Policy Action

Summarizing a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York AI conference, the Bank’s chief risk officer, Mihaela Nistor, concluded that AI can now identify GSIB and GSIFI risk due to its ability to detect tail behavior not now captured by relevant models.

Democrats Urge CFPB to Take Second Stand Against Forced Arbitration

Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Sanders (I-VT) were today …

18 04, 2023

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2023-04-18T17:03:30-04:00April 18th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

FRB-NY Finds NBFIs a Source of Systemic Risk Over the Centuries

Reflecting renewed interest in “narrow banks,” the Federal Reserve Bank of New York blog posted evidence of systemic risk from nonbanks in the absence of any banks at all.

Stablecoin Compromise Faces Steep Challenges

As noted yesterday, HFSC’s Digital Asset Subcommittee is set for a Wednesday hearing clearly intended to lay the groundwork for near-term action on Chairman McHenry’s (R-NC) longstanding goal of enacting stablecoin legislation.

Despite Failures, DIF Restoration Ahead Of Schedule

At the FDIC Board’s meeting today, FDIC staff said that – while the timing for restoring the DIF to its 1.35% statutory minimum remains uncertain – the DIF could reach its statutory minimum ahead of time and by 2024.

Bowman Remains Staunch CBDC Skeptic

Reiterating that any U.S. CBDC requires Congressional approval, Gov. Bowman today also reiterated her longstanding skepticism to any such instrument.

CFPB Plans Timing Study to Buttress Junk-Fee Regs

The Federal Register today includes a CFPB comment request on its “Junk Fees Timing Study,” which would be part of a series of online lab experiments testing differences in consumer choices across different information presentations.

Warren, Reed Demand OFR Use Subpoenas To Obtain Systemic Data

Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Reed (D-RI) today urged OFR Acting Director Martin to fill data gaps around financial stability risks posed by climate change, cryptocurrencies, and repo markets.

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23 02, 2023

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2023-02-23T16:48:42-05:00February 23rd, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Agencies Strengthen Defenses vs. Crypto-Related Funding

As FedFin forecast when significant bank crypto-related deposit exposures came to light (see Client Report CRYPTO38), the banking agencies today issued guidance telling banks to monitor and mitigate risks related to resulting liquidity risk.

FSB Sets Out Key Cross-Border Payments Action Items

The Financial Stability Board today released a list of actions for implementing the G20’s Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments, including three priorities.  These are payment system interoperability and extension; legal, regulatory and supervisory finalizing frameworks; and cross-border data exchange and message standards.

IMF Presses CBDC, New “Unified Ledger”

A new IMF blog post advocates for public sector implementation of new payment technologies including tokenization, encryption, and programmability to improve cross-border payments, limit counterparty risk, and facilitate AML and other compliance.

FHFA Proposes GSE-Capital Revamp

FHFA today sought comment on several significant revisions to the regulatory-capital rules governing  Fannie and Freddie.  As we will detail in a forthcoming in-depth report, several of these changes concede to comments rejected as the current rules were finalized.

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7 07, 2022

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2023-01-24T15:30:00-05:00July 7th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

IOSCO Releases 2022-2023 Crypto Roadmap

IOSCO today released its Crypto-Asset Roadmap for 2022-2023, outlining two work plans on crypto- and digital assets on DeFi.

Basel Reaffirms Proportionate Policy

The Basel Committee today released high-level “considerations” on proportionality – i.e., how to apply its standards taking account of a bank’s size and complexity.

CFPB Demands Tighter Reporting-Data Controls

Using another advisory to issue what some may consider a rulemaking, the CFPB today threatened to pursue criminal penalties if credit-report data are not used for permissible purposes (i.e., for credit, housing, employment or insurance decisions).

FSB Report Promotes LEI Adoption for Cross-Border Payments

The FSB today issued a report recommending that G20 members promote Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) adoption, aiming particularly at cross-border payments.

Treasury Releases International Crypto Engagement Framework

As demanded by President Biden’s digital asset executive order (see Client Report CRYPTO26), Treasury in consultation with the State Department, Commerce, and USAID today released a framework for international engagement on digital assets.

Democratic Senators Demand More from Zelle on High-Profile Fraud Allegations

Sens. Menendez (D-NJ), Warren (D-MA), Reed (D-RI) and five Democratic colleagues today ramped up their attack on the extent to which Zelle properly handles payment fraud.

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