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22 01, 2024

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2024-01-22T16:57:16-05:00January 22nd, 2024|2- Daily Briefing|

FRB Reconsiders Interchange-Fee Cuts

Bowing to critics in the banking industry and on the Board, the Federal Reserve today extended the comment period on its debit-card interchange fee proposal (see FSM report INTERCHANGE12) by a surprisingly-long ninety days to May 12.  The extension is in part due to the Board’s decision to publish additional interchange fee cap data which may have persuaded the Board that the initial data analysis supporting a mandatory pricing reduction was incorrect.

OIG Finds Reserve-Bank Trades Legal, But Problematic

The Federal Reserve’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today released long-awaited reviews of personal trades by former Dallas and Boston Reserve Bank Presidents two years ago that raised numerous and often vociferous assertions of conflicts of interest.  Indeed, Sen. Warren (D-MA) stated that she believed these epitomized a “culture of corruption” at the Fed, introducing bipartisan legislation to force considerably more transparency at the Reserve Banks.

FSB Plans Global Run-Risk Buffers

The head of the Financial Stability Board, Secretary General John Schindler, today briefed media on the global regulator’s plans to brief the G20 in October about viral-run risk and the standards needed to avert it.  Mr. Schindler said little about what the FSB is likely to propose although the Basel Committee is now considering rewrites to global LCR and NSFR standards likely to be reflected in the FSB’s recommendations.

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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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29 03, 2023

DAILY032923

2023-03-29T17:30:21-04:00March 29th, 2023|2- Daily Briefing|

Barr Keeps CRA Hope Alive

Ahead of what is certainly going to be a trying HFSC hearing later today, FRB Vice Chairman Barr told an audience that pending CRA rules (see FSM Report CRA32) are still in the works, declining to provide any completion timeline.

Chopra Expands Post-SVB Policy Action Items

In remarks posted after a panel discussion yesterday, CFPB director and FDIC board member Rohit Chopra reaffirmed Chairman Gruenberg’s comments that changes are likely to capital and liquidity rules, but added action related to interest-rate risk management, resolution planning and stress-testing to the to-do list.

Senate Finance Dems Demand Tougher Penalties, Enforcement to Prevent Swiss Tax-Evasion Activities

Senate Finance Democrats today released a damning investigative report accusing Credit Suisse of persistently and often criminally enabling U.S. tax evasion despite a 2014 plea agreement with the U.S. Chairman Wyden (D-OR) presses for additional civil and criminal actions, noting that the UBS acquisition does not “wipe the slate clean.”

Bipartisan Senate Clawback Bill Reaches to BHC Investors, Creditors

Preempting Chairman Brown’s plans to introduce clawback legislation (see Client Report REFORM217), Sens. Warren (D-MA), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Hawley (R-MO), and Braun (R-IN) today introduced their own bill to do so.

CFPB Sets Comment Deadline For Controversial Credit Card Proposal

The Federal Register today includes the CFPB’s proposed rule on Credit Card Penalty Fees.

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22 03, 2023

FedFin Assessment: GSIB Rules Set For Post-CS Rewrite

2023-03-22T16:34:58-04:00March 22nd, 2023|The Vault|

In this report, we assess the implications of recent events on two assumptions underlying current U.S. and global policy affecting GSIBs and those considered domestic SIBs:  first, all are likely to be well insulated from illiquidity and/or insolvency and, when this is not the case, then orderly resolution without taxpayer bailout can be readily deployed.  Credit Suisse’s failure and subsequent, subsidized acquisition is just one of the “Minsky moments” rattling regulators and other policy-makers, with the conclusions drawn from all of them surely to lead to significant reevaluation of each of these assumptions.  To be sure, CS was an outlier in terms of idiosyncratic culture-and-control problems, but the Swiss regulatory and resolution system is considered reasonably robust, thus making the bank’s failure…

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22 03, 2023

GSIB21

2023-03-22T10:52:22-04:00March 22nd, 2023|5- Client Report|

FedFin Assessment:  GSIB Rules Set For Post-CS Rewrite

In this report, we assess the implications of recent events on two assumptions underlying current U.S. and global policy affecting GSIBs and those considered domestic SIBs:  first, all are likely to be well insulated from illiquidity and/or insolvency and, when this is not the case, then orderly resolution without taxpayer bailout can be readily deployed.  Credit Suisse’s failure and subsequent, subsidized acquisition is just one of the “Minsky moments” rattling regulators and other policy-makers, with the conclusions drawn from all of them surely to lead to significant reevaluation of each of these assumptions.  To be sure, CS was an outlier in terms of idiosyncratic culture-and-control problems, but the Swiss regulatory and resolution system is considered reasonably robust, thus making the bank’s failure a global policy concern.  The flood of deposits out of regional banks to the largest U.S. banks also further concentrates the sector, a result the Fed and Department of Justice will view with alarm even though they recognize that recent events are not the fault of the largest banking organizations.  In this report, we assess implications for U.S. merger policy, OLA, TLAC, resolution planning, and other standards.  See our Client Report RESOLVE49 for a discussion of capital and liquidity standards, Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE118 for revisions to FDIC thresholds, and Client Report LIQUIDITY33 for run-specific policy actions.

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