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17 11, 2022

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2022-11-17T17:18:13-05:00November 17th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Warren, Durbin Demand Answers about FTX Collapse

Following FTX’s collapse, Majority Whip Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Warren (D-MA) sent a letter today to FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried demanding a detailed accounting of the company’s decisions and business practices.  We doubt they will get an answer anytime soon, with this letter joining a flood of Congressional inquiries and likely hearings (see Client Report REFORM215).

Jefferson Supports Limited Fed Mandate

In remarks today, FRB Gov. Phillip Jefferson disputes those – including many progressive Democrats – who believe that racial equity and economic equality are an intrinsic part of the Fed’s mission.  Specifically, he states that, while consumer protection, community development, and financial stability can promote inclusive growth, monetary policy cannot directly address it or why low-income households are more acutely affected by inflation.

Fed CBDC Survey Suggests Possible CBDC Upside

A new Fed literature review evaluating the macroeconomic implications of CBDC focuses on the financial inclusion and payment system impacts CBDC would have in the U.S. and advanced economies.  As is usually the case with surveys, it reaches cautious conclusions, including that CBDC could increase financial inclusion for the unbanked.  It might also reduce financial frictions in deposit markets, enhance retail payment-system efficiency, facilitate international transactions, and spur private-sector banking and payments innovation.

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7 11, 2022

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2022-11-07T17:22:53-05:00November 7th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Toomey Calls for More Fed Transparency

Sen. Toomey (R-PA) continued Republican demands for still more Fed transparency, sharply criticizing the Fed’s Friday proposal to provide some transparency into which institutions are granted master accounts.

Sweeping CFPB Fee Restrictions Now Effective

The Federal Register today includes the CFPB’s circular on Unanticipated Overdraft Fee Assessment Practices and a bulletin now effective on Unfair Returned Deposited Item Fee Assessment Practices.

CFPB Advances Bigtech Market Power Campaign

Continuing its campaign against bigtech’s market power, the Federal Register today includes the CFPB’s notice and request for comment on what fees bigtech payment operators levy on users for violations of acceptable use policies and whether their policies include provisions to restrict user platform access.

Fed Staff Paper Tries To Gauge Social Welfare Impact Of Liquidity, Capital Regs

A new Fed staff study attempts to lay out the social costs and benefits of large-bank liquidity and capital regulation.

Warren Continues Campaign Against Wells Fargo, Zelle

Sen. Warren (D-MA) today continued her campaign against Zelle by sending letters to its parent company and Wells Fargo, taking particular aim at what she deems the latter’s failure to provide adequate claims and reimbursement data and labelling responses to previous letters “insulting.”

Warren Denounces Fed “Culture of Corruption”

Sen. Warren (D-MA) today also continued her campaign against Chairman Powell, sending him a letter alleging “another set of egregious and embarrassing ethics breaches.”

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1 11, 2022

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2022-11-01T16:53:18-04:00November 1st, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Progressives Target Fed Attack Directly on Powell

With a new letter from progressive Democrats ahead of the FOMC release, it is clear that the campaign  not just against Fed rate hikes, but now also Chairman Powell, is gaining strength on the left.  Long-time Fed critic Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is joined here by Sens. Sanders (D-VT) – who has spoken out before and Sens. Whitehouse (D-RI) and Merkley (D-OR).  The letter is also signed by seven progressive House Democrats – a small minority of Democrats to be sure, but still significant in terms of the Democratic base.  All of them urge the Fed to forbear on grounds that higher rates are already having adverse employment and global-growth consequences.

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27 10, 2022

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2022-10-27T16:55:34-04:00October 27th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

CFPB Seeks Comment on Consumer Data Rights, Market Power

Following remarks from Director Chopra earlier this week, the CFPB today announced a formal kick-off of its consumer data-rights rulemaking.

Gruenberg Reminds Markets of TLGP Backstops at Time of Liquidity Stress

In remarks today, Acting FDIC Chairman Gruenberg stoutly defended the agency’s final rule hiking DIF premiums (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE115).

Warren Reignites Anti-Zelle Campaign

In another appeal to the CFPB to tackle Zelle, Sen. Warren (D-MA) today sent a letter to Director Chopra calling on the Bureau to increase consumer protections in peer-to-peer lending platforms and curtail what she again describes as “rampant” fraud.

Democratic Pressures Grow Against Fed Rate Hikes

Adding to critiques from Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Warren (D-MA), Sen. Hickenlooper (D-CO) today called on the Fed to halt interest-rate increases.

Fed Study Details QE Alternatives, Expanded Fed Role

A new FRB staff paper explores the past, present, and future as an approach to achieving the Fed’s increasingly-problematic monetary-policy transmission: “funding for lending.”

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26 10, 2022

DAILY102622

2022-10-26T17:02:07-04:00October 26th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

BIS Announces Successful Multi-CBDC Platform Pilot

Following their retail crypto pilot last week, the BIS announced a successful pilot blockchain ledger – dubbed the mBridge Ledger – connecting twenty commercial banks in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the UAE via a multi-CBDC common platform.  Both domestic and foreign commercial banks are permitted to directly hold and transact in CBDCs on the platform to ensure seamless cross-border payments.  To protect monetary sovereignty, the platform allows governments to flexibly control CBDC issuance and redemption, transaction currencies and amounts, and visibility into usage.

With President at His Side, Chopra Sanctions Overdraft, Deposit Fees

President Biden today took aim at junk fees, slamming them in general even as he praised the CFPB’s initiative today sharply to limit “surprise” overdraft and deposit fees.  The agency did so by issuing a circular on unanticipated overdraft fee assessment practices and a bulletin on Returned Deposited Item Fee Assessment Practices, again using its non-regulatory tools to enact new policy and set stringent enforcement standards.  We will shortly provide clients with in-depth analyses of each release.

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24 10, 2022

Karen Petrou: Insider Trading, Insider Talking, and the Consequences of Outsider Wrath

2022-10-24T10:53:08-04:00October 24th, 2022|The Vault|

There’s no question that the 2008 crisis was a bit of an embarrassment to everyone in charge no matter what all their memoirs since have said.  However, the actual global financial cataclysm was nothing to U.S. voters compared to the torrent of furious protest sparked by Treasury’s maladroit decision to allow top executives at AIG to keep munificent pay raises even though many of them presided over and profited by actions that prompted well over $100 billion in taxpayer bailouts.  So it is with the Fed.  The looming battle over its billions to big finance companies is, as I detailed last week, a serious structural challenge.  But the combination of continuing official trading conflicts and new revelations about closed-door meetings is a lot easier to understand and thus a political killer with immediate consequences for Fed governance when Congress gets around to thinking about things other than itself.

Elizabeth Warren’s already on it.  Many will follow her lead not only because they often do, but also because this time she’s mostly right.  Even if she weren’t, most people will understand why she was upset by Fed “insider” trading and now by a whole lot of insider talking.

That the St. Louis Fed only says that it needs to “rethink” its policy just throws salt in this gaping political wound.  Saying also that the Bank’s president went without compensation to discuss monetary policy behind doors controlled by one of the giant companies it supervises doesn’t come close to countering …

24 10, 2022

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2022-10-24T10:52:26-04:00October 24th, 2022|6- Client Memo|

 Insider Trading, Insider Talking, and the Consequences of Outsider Wrath

There’s no question that the 2008 crisis was a bit of an embarrassment to everyone in charge no matter what all their memoirs since have said.  However, the actual global financial cataclysm was nothing to U.S. voters compared to the torrent of furious protest sparked by Treasury’s maladroit decision to allow top executives at AIG to keep munificent pay raises even though many of them presided over and profited by actions that prompted well over $100 billion in taxpayer bailouts.  So it is with the Fed.  The looming battle over its billions to big finance companies is, as I detailed last week, a serious structural challenge.  But the combination of continuing official trading conflicts and new revelations about closed-door meetings is a lot easier to understand and thus a political killer with immediate consequences for Fed governance when Congress gets around to thinking about things other than itself.

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20 10, 2022

DAILY102022

2022-10-20T17:36:06-04:00October 20th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Fed Staff Study: Climate Risk-Based Capital Impossible for Foreseeable Future

FRB staff released a stylized study of one critical climate-risk policy question:  the extent to which banks should hold capital against it.  Members of Congress have suggested this over recent years (see FSM Report GREEN9) and the BIS at the outset of its thinking recommended both “brown-penalty” and “green-incentive” capital charges (see Client Report GREEN).

FSB Presses for MMF, Open-End Rules; Government-Bond CCPs

Continuing its NBFI focus (see Client Report NBFI), the FSB today issued new recommendations to address government-security market illiquidity.

Gruenberg Gives No Clue as to Timing, Content of Inter-Agency Crypto Guidance

In remarks today, Acting Chairman Gruenberg reiterated the risks laid out in the FSOC digital asset report (see Client Report CRYPTO33), repeated warnings against misrepresenting FDIC deposit insurance, and announced forthcoming interagency crypto guidance without providing any details or timeline.

Bipartisan Senators Press Secondary Sanctions for Enactment

Sens. Toomey (R-PA) and Van Hollen (D-MD) released a readout of a conversation with the Ukrainian Ambassador on the upcoming G7 Russian oil price cap, positioning their oil sanctions amendment for inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in light of the Ambassador’s support for it.

Warren Calls for Stronger, More Transparent CFPB Remittance Rule

Joined by four Senate Democrats, Sen. Warren (D-MA) today sent a letter to CFPB Director Chopra asking that the agency strengthen its remittance rule to ensure greater transparency for exchange rates and fees it …

19 10, 2022

FedFin on: USB/MUFG Orders Point to New Merger, Regulatory Policy

2022-10-19T10:27:40-04:00October 19th, 2022|The Vault|

As promised, this analysis focuses on the OCC and FRB approvals of the acquisition by U.S. Bancorp of MUFG’s Union Bank in California. Derided in a tweet from Sen. Warren (D-MA) as another “rubber-stamp” approval, both the nature of the transaction – which included massive commitments to community support – and the approvals themselves suggest otherwise. We shall continue to evaluate agency action on larger transactions and shortly provide clients with an analysis of the FDIC/FRB advance notice of proposed rulemaking on new resolution standards approved for public comment by the FDIC (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE115). However, while policy and politics formulate new standards, pending….

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19 10, 2022

MERGER11

2022-10-21T14:03:33-04:00October 19th, 2022|5- Client Report|

USB/MUFG Orders Point to New Merger, Regulatory Policy

As promised, this analysis focuses on the OCC and FRB approvals of the acquisition by U.S. Bancorp of MUFG’s Union Bank in California.  Derided in a tweet from Sen. Warren (D-MA) as another “rubber-stamp” approval, both the nature of the transaction – which included massive commitments to community support – and the approvals themselves suggest otherwise.  We shall continue to evaluate agency action on larger transactions and shortly provide clients with an analysis of the FDIC/FRB advance notice of proposed rulemaking on new resolution standards approved for public comment by the FDIC (see Client Report DEPOSITINSURANCE115).  However, while policy and politics formulate new standards, pending transactions are directly and immediately affected by the new approach epitomized in these orders.  We thus note the financial-stability and resolvability conditions applied to this transaction, which clearly signal those – i.e., “severability” – for near-term deals as well as for future standards.

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