28 03, 2023


2023-03-29T12:03:14-04:00March 28th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

CFPB Expands Scope of State Law

Reaffirming its preliminary determination, the CFPB today concluded that business-loan disclosure laws in several states are not preempted by TILA.  This continues the Bureau’s reversal of prior preemption determinations from the OCC that gave national banks considerable protection from more stringent state standards.  The grounds on which the CFPB did so in this case are that TILA is expressly intended for consumers and those state laws now allowed to stand cover businesses and “entrepreneurs” who are not consumers.

Global Regulators to Review Resolution Process

In an unusual plenary statement following a previously-scheduled meeting today, FSB members stated that recent events warrant review of the global resolution framework.  The statement is brief and does not indicate how or when this might proceed, but – as noted in our previous report on CS-s failure’s fallout (see Client Report GSIB21), we expect a hard look at TLAC as well as renewed interest in ring-fencing.


8 03, 2023


2023-03-08T17:06:14-05:00March 8th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

HFSC Plans Broad Attack, Limited Legislation to Rewrite Administration Crypto Standards

The HFSC staff memo makes it clear that the Digital Asset Subcommittee hearing on Thursday will be a strong general GOP attack on Biden Administration crypto policy and specific campaign against the SEC’s enforcement-focused strategy.

HFSC Plans to Blast CFPB, Press Limited Change

Thursday’s HFSC Monetary Policy Subcommittee hearing on the CFPB is sure to be a raucous, partisan affair judging by the staff memo describing it.  Republicans have strongly objected to the Bureau before its inception, with concerns sharply heightened by a series of recent actions under Director Chopra.

CFPB Slams Fees, Promises Mercy

Ahead of a meeting later today between senior White House officials, Director Chopra, and hundreds of state legislators concerning the President’s “junk fee” agenda, the CFPB  today released Supervisory Highlights focusing on recent instances of what it deems unlawful junk fees in deposit accounts, auto loan servicing, mortgage servicing, payday lending, and student loan servicing.

GAO Doubts Fintech’s Inclusion Advantage

The GAO today released a report finding that fintech may enhance inclusion, but that this inclusion comes at risk due to the patchwork of rules governing firms offering products – e.g., wage advances – that may put vulnerable households at risk.

HFSC Republicans Scrutinize SEC Rulemaking, Fed Climate Policy

As anticipated, today’s HFSC Subcommittee Hearing with the inspectors-general for the FRB, CFPB, Treasury, and SEC focused on GOP attacks on the SEC’s IG vacancy and the CFPB’s funding mechanism.

Brown, Others Demand ABA

7 12, 2022


2022-12-07T17:42:12-05:00December 7th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Gensler Stands by Enforcement-Focused Crypto Policy

In an interview today, SEC Chairman Gensler fiercely defended the Commission’s crypto enforcement history and attacked crypto exchanges, calling them “casinos” that fought to skirt investor-protection law rather than come into compliance.  Rebuking calls from Sen. Warren (D-MA) for increased SEC crypto attention, he argued that the Commission is committed to regulating crypto securities and has already filed an abundance of enforcement actions.

CFPB Demurs on Key Preemption Decisions

Signaling an aversion to Federal preemption long sought by consumer advocates, the CFPB has made a preliminary determination that a New York State law that requires commercial financing disclosures is not preempted by TILA.  It has also reached an initial decision that similar laws in California, Utah, and Virginia are also not preempted, reflecting the importance of this decision.

Dems Demand De-Risking Rewrite

A day after a senior Treasury official chastised banks for failing to de-risk on a risk-based methodology, Sen. Warren (D-MA), Rep. Omar (D-MN), and a group of Democratic Members of Congress wrote Secretary Yellen, FinCEN, and the banking agencies seeking an update on ways to ensure that AML compliance does not adversely affect Muslim and immigrant communities.  Noting that a recent increase in sanctions also has led banks to de-risk charities, the Members point to resulting humanitarian problems due to lost aid.


30 06, 2022


2023-01-24T15:53:35-05:00June 30th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

OFAC Updates Counter-Terrorism Sanctions

OFAC today adopted a final rule that amends the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations to implement a 2019 executive order and make several minor technical changes.

Basel Crafts Stringent New Regime for Crypto Exposures

As promised, the Basel Committee today tried again to craft a global prudential regime for bank crypto exposures.  We will shortly provide clients with an in-depth analysis of the new consultation, which replaces a controversial first round (see FSM Report CRYPTO19) with one that continues add-on capital requirements for higher-risk digital assets (now redefined for stablecoins).

FSB Frets About Commodity, Resilience Risk

The FSB’s plenary today is far more pessimistic about both macroeconomic and financial conditions than it was just a month ago.  Although it then worried about commodity-market volatility, these concerns now are heightened by large margin calls, “undetected” leverage, and concentrated exposures.

CFPB Pledges Guidance on Wage Access Products

The CFPB today terminated the Sandbox Approval Order for Payactiv, an earned wage access company, removing an exemption for some of the company’s products from liability under the Truth in Lending Act.  Payactiv requested the termination in order to make changes to its fee model, as changes to its products would require modifications to the order.


15 12, 2021


2023-05-23T12:22:59-04:00December 15th, 2021|2- Daily Briefing|

HFSC GOP Try to Restrain FDIC Democrats
Squaring off in the partisan battle over FDIC merger policy, HFSC Republicans have launched their own investigation into what they call the Democrats’ “power grab.”  Republicans also “demanded” that Chairwoman Waters (D-CA) convene an oversight hearing even as they seek Democrats to join their inquiry.

Powell Commends MMF Proposal, Demurs on Crypto Risk
As expected, Fed Chair Powell’s press conference today focused almost entirely on inflation.  However, Mr. Powell used a question on financial stability to applaud the SEC’s MMF proposal (see alert earlier today).  Asked about crypto’s financial-stability risk, the Fed chair discounted near-term systemic risk, but consumer protection and market issues such as leverage outside the Fed’s jurisdiction warrant attention.

Senate Dems Demand BNPL Standards
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) was joined today by Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH), Sen. Warren (D-MA), and other Committee Democrats in calling on the CFPB to regulate buy-now, pay-later (BNPL) products.

SEC Advances Controversial Swing-Pricing MMF Rewrite
Acting on a major FSOC, Fed, and global worry, the SEC today approved a multi-prong proposal realigning MMF liquidity standards and clarifying how MMFs can handle negative rates.  The most controversial of the options would impose swing pricing on prime institutional and tax-exempt funds, an approach about which two Democratic commissioners expressed some concerns and the FSB seemed particularly skeptical in its recent MMF-options paper (see FSM Report MMF18).


19 11, 2021


2023-05-23T16:14:33-04:00November 19th, 2021|2- Daily Briefing|

Congressional Democratic Leaders Advance Tough Small-Business Lending Standards

Senior Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation (H.R. 6054 and S. 3235) to apply TILA to small business financing, granting the CFPB the same authority for small business loans as over consumer finance.


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