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1 12, 2022

DAILY120122

2022-12-01T17:57:37-05:00December 1st, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FDIC, FRB-NY Highlight AOCI Losses

In remarks accompanying the banking-sector 3Q report, Acting FDIC Chairman Gruenberg noted that unrealized losses on AFS/HTM securities now total $690 billion, up 47 percent from just the second quarter.  This issue is also highlighted in remarks today from the head of supervision at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, but neither she nor Mr. Gruenberg indicates if the agencies plan any action in this arena.

Brown Talks Civil Rights, GOP Attacks CFPB

Although Chairman Brown (D-OH) used today’s Fair Lending hearing to renew discussion of his 2020 legislation bringing financial institutions under the Civil Rights Act (see FSM Report FAIRLEND9), most of the focus at the session was on the CFPB.

House Panel Blasts Fintech PPP Practices, Seeks Investigation

A new report from the Select Committee on the Coronavirus investigating the role of fintechs in PPP fraud concludes that fintechs failed to implement appropriate oversight and fraud-prevention strategies despite accruing “massive” profits from administration fees.

Barr Talks Even Tougher on Bank Capital Rewrite

Although Vice Chairman Barr today confirmed statements to the Senate Banking Committee (see Client Report REFORM214) that his holistic-capital review is under way without any immediate conclusions, he also emphasized that it will ensure that ample capitalization is sufficient for severe stress and creates incentives for prudent lending.  Current capital levels are, he said, at the low end of what research suggests they should be.

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13 07, 2022

DAILY071322

2023-01-06T15:18:57-05:00July 13th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Small Business Committee Urges Fintech Transparency, New CFPB Role in Fintech Lending

Today’s Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations hearing on fintech transparency focused on financial practices that may harm small businesses’ access to credit.

HFSC Party Lines Form on CRA Rewrite

As anticipated, the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions today held a hearing examining the banking agencies’ proposed rule to modernize the CRA (see FSM Report CRA32).

Fed Proposes Debit-Card, Payment-System Data Collections

Although the Fed has yet to finalize a controversial proposal related to debit-interchange fees (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE8), it has proposed changes to how it collects debit-card information essential to implementing changes to network selection and, should it come to do so, fee calculations.

FSB Chair Reiterates Need for Crypto Regulation, Highlights Progress on Climate Roadmap

FSB Chair Klaas Knot’s letter today to the G20 ministerial reiterated all the points regarding COVID exit strategies, regulation of cryptoassets, and executing FSB’s climate roadmap outlined after June’s plenary meeting.

Senate Democrats Demand More Stringent, Binding Fed Ethics Standards

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined by four other Democrats today sent a letter to Chairman Powell again calling for more stringent, enforceable Fed ethics standards, and reminded Mr. Powell in strongly-written arguments about the need to do so via binding regulation or by the kind of statutory change they have already introduced.

Global Regulators Press for Global Stablecoin Payment-Risk Standards

Doubtless spurred by FSB requests and market …

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