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3 03, 2023

Al030623

2023-03-03T17:17:37-05:00March 3rd, 2023|3- This Week|

Gloves Off

When Chairman Powell comes before HFSC and Senate Banking this week, we’ll see if FedFin’s forecast for newly-rough going plays out, but all signs say it will.  In the lead-up to the midterm, Democrats other than Sen. Warren (D-MA) who weren’t all that sympathetic to many Fed actions held their tongues in order to protect a central bank that, for all its putative independence, seemed aligned with Biden Administration statements promoting American prosperity and the near-term chances of reduced inflation.  With the 2024 election looking even uglier than the midterm and Republicans in control of the House, Mr. Powell may find himself squeezed hard from both sides of the aisle, taking lots of heat on issues ranging from monetary policy and the debt ceiling to a panoply of Fed regulatory and payment-system decisions along with the pending nomination of a new vice chair.

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28 02, 2023

FedFin on: Crypto-Related Funding Risk

2023-02-28T15:44:17-05:00February 28th, 2023|The Vault|

In the wake of revelations by Silvergate and other banks about significant deposit exposures to cryptoasset entities, federal banking agencies have issued a statement about the need to manage liquidity risk associated with cryptoassets.  The agencies are at pains to emphasize that nothing in this statement is new, thereby retaining flexibility to take action against banks with prior, problematic exposures.  Although nothing in the statement bars doing business with cryptoasset firms, it will discourage some banks from doing so even as it reminds others to avoid stresses recently seen at several banks….

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28 02, 2023

CRYPTO40

2023-02-28T14:41:10-05:00February 28th, 2023|1- Financial Services Management|

Crypto-Related Funding Risk

In the wake of revelations by Silvergate and other banks about significant deposit exposures to cryptoasset entities, federal banking agencies have issued a statement about the need to manage liquidity risk associated with cryptoassets.  The agencies are at pains to emphasize that nothing in this statement is new, thereby retaining flexibility to take action against banks with prior, problematic exposures.  Although nothing in the statement bars doing business with cryptoasset firms, it will discourage some banks from doing so even as it reminds others to avoid stresses recently seen at several banks.

CRYPTO40.pdf

17 02, 2023

DAILY021723

2023-02-17T12:16:37-05:00February 17th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Senate Dems Frame FRB-Nomination Demands

In conjunction with a bill spearheaded by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) joined other Democrats yesterday in introducing S. 496, legislation to require that the Federal Reserve Board have a governor dedicated to worker interests much as the seat now held by Gov. Bowman is by law required to focus on community-bank considerations.  The measure was also introduced in the last Congress and was then as now intended more to send a signal to the White House about the candidates Senate Banking will view with the greatest favor rather than as a serious effort to change the law.

Swiss Bank Role In SEC Crypto Action Sure To Hike Pressure On Banking Agencies

We draw to your attention the reference to a Swiss bank in the SEC’s enforcement order against Terraform Labs and its founder, Do Kwon.  Although criticized today by Republicans as an example of the SEC’s prior regulatory failures, the order itself is unsurprising given that Mr. Kwon is a fugitive and the algorithmic stablecoin’s collapse shocked previously complacent crypto markets and regulators.  The SEC’s order says only that $100 million was illegally transferred into a “Swiss bank,” not naming the institution.

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10 02, 2023

DAILY021023

2023-02-10T17:02:31-05:00February 10th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Waller Reiterates Fed’s Wary Cryptoasset Policy

In remarks today, FRB Governor Waller reiterated the Fed’s wary approach to cryptoassets, repeating the Fed’s requirements (see FSM Report CRYPTO31) for banks that wish to engage with crypto customers or activities.  Following the collapse of FTX and its ripple effect on banks such as Silvergate (see Client Report CRYPTO38), Mr. Waller stressed that banks engaging with crypto customers must have a thorough understanding of their client’s business models, risk management systems and corporate governance.

Hsu Reprises, Expands Bank Merger Reform

In remarks today, the OCC Chief Counsel on behalf of Acting Comptroller Hsu stressed the need to update competition metrics, financial stability considerations, and community assessments in bank merger reviews, but gave no indication of when new merger policy may be finalized.  Mr. Hsu argued that while HHI is an objective and transparent metric, it is no longer suitable for measuring competition because its deposit share-based approach fails to capture the competitive effect of nonbanks and online banking.

FHFA Outlines Substantive FHLB Reform Agenda

As anticipated earlier this week, FHFA Director Thompson today called the status quo of the FHLB system unacceptable and said that FHFA will make “meaningful” recommendations to improve the sector.  This will take shape in a report following completion of FHFA’s roundtable series concluding in March.  FHFA’s report will make statutory recommendations to Congress and lay out its own regulatory objectives, perhaps starting with an ANPR and/or regulatory guidance or supervisory actions.

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31 01, 2023

DAILY013123

2023-01-31T16:58:29-05:00January 31st, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

BIS Finds Digital Payments Have Yet to Conquer Cash

In a brief today, the BIS Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) found that digital payments, while rapidly growing, have not supplanted cash.  CPMI does report a record high value and volume of cashless payments, crediting this to changing consumer preferences, increasing prevalence of fast payments systems, and COVID, noting that cashless options may also bolster financial inclusion.  However, the brief also finds a deceleration in the decline of cash withdrawals, concluding there is still a significant ongoing, if diminishing, demand for cash.

Warren, GOP Allies Grill Silvergate on FHLB Loan, Fed Supervision

Signaling bipartisan plans to take on crypto banking and now also the FHLBs as quickly as possible in the new Congress, senator Warren (D-MA) was joined yesterday by Sens. Kennedy (R-LA) and Marshall (R-KS) in sending another letter to the CEO of Silvergate Bank.  Following an earlier inquiry which they said led to an insufficient response, the letter now focuses on the bank’s use of a $4.3 billion FHLB loan as a liquidity backstop.  As in Karen Petrou’s recent memos and today’s podcast, the letter focuses on the System’s prior lien ahead of all other creditors (including the FDIC) and the extent to which this puts taxpayers at risk.

Daily013123.pdf

18 01, 2023

DAILY011823

2023-01-18T16:37:19-05:00January 18th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

FSB Pledges Further Work on Bank NBFI Capital Exposures, MMFs, OEFs

The FSB today published an update on its non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI) reforms, finding that further progress is needed in implementing capital requirements for bank exposures to investment funds and large exposures.

CFPB Tells Examiners To Look At Servicer Fees, Foreclosure Process

The CFPB today released updated Mortgage Servicing Examination Procedures reflecting newly identified consumer risks since its 2016 update as well as pandemic-era servicing changes.

FRB-NY: Small Banks Behind Recent Discount Window Lending Spike

A new post from FRB-NY staff looks at why discount-window lending has recently increased, providing data that make it still more interesting that Silvergate chose emergency support from Home Loan Banks, not the Fed.

Daily011823.pdf

13 01, 2023

AL011623

2023-01-13T16:42:19-05:00January 13th, 2023|3- This Week|

Tumult in the House

As is patently clear from all the discourse following Kevin McCarthy’s fifteenth ballot win for the House gavel, the “lower body” has taken a few shots across its institutional knee-cap.  However, we think experienced House Members with ambitions for higher office along with affinity for strongly-conservative policies will find a way to move legislation on the GOP side of the aisle.  Less clear is what Democrats will do given the Speaker’s pledge to bring every bill to the floor on an open rule – a procedure allowing them considerable scope both for substantive legislative change and political theater.  If the Minority Leader, Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) thinks his party’s bread is buttered on the side of showing it can govern, some bills will move forward without toxic Democratic change; if not, not.  All is, thus, a muddle in which there may well be a middle.

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12 01, 2023

FedFin on: Financial-Policy Consequences of Silvergate’s Travails

2023-01-12T11:04:34-05:00January 12th, 2023|The Vault|

Karen Petrou’s memo earlier this week and her comments to the American Banker about Silvergate have sparked many client questions.  In this report, we provide additional context for aspects of this bank’s condition with policy consequences.   High-profile cases such as this have a long history of suddenly shifting long-pending policies; depending on outcomes, this bank’s challenges and those of any other crypto-heavy banks will almost surely do so.  In general, the case already confirms U.S. regulators of the wisdom of additional capital for crypto-exposed banks along the lines recently finalized by global regulators (see FSM Report CRYPTO37).  However, it also raises significant questions about the role of the Federal Home Loan Banks, brokered deposits, resolution policy, and AOCI recognition – and these are just for starters as the bank struggles to stay afloat.

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11 01, 2023

CRYPTO38

2023-01-12T11:03:19-05:00January 11th, 2023|5- Client Report|

Financial-Policy Consequences of Silvergate’s Travails

Karen Petrou’s memo earlier this week and her comments to the American Banker about Silvergate have sparked many client questions.  In this report, we provide additional context for aspects of this bank’s condition with policy consequences.   High-profile cases such as this have a long history of suddenly shifting long-pending policies; depending on outcomes, this bank’s challenges and those of any other crypto-heavy banks will almost surely do so.  In general, the case already confirms U.S. regulators of the wisdom of additional capital for crypto-exposed banks along the lines recently finalized by global regulators (see FSM Report CRYPTO37).  However, it also raises significant questions about the role of the Federal Home Loan Banks, brokered deposits, resolution policy, and AOCI recognition – and these are just for starters as the bank struggles to stay afloat.

CRYPTO38.pdf

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