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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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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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25 10, 2022

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2022-10-25T17:08:46-04:00October 25th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Setting Stage for US Action, UK Regulators Target Bigtech Consumer-Finance Market Power

Focusing principally on competition, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today released a discussion paper investigating bigtech’s entry into payments, deposit, consumer-credit, and insurance.

With Yellen Backing, SEC Central-Clearing NPR Advances

The Federal Register today includes the SEC’s proposal requiring that market clearinghouses submit certain secondary-market transactions for clearing along with the small percentage now already centrally-cleared.

FDIC Reports Significant Financial Inclusion Progress

Showing significant improvements in financial inclusion, the FDIC today released its biennial under- and unbanked household survey.

CFPB to Require Almost-Open Banking

At long last and as recently promised, the CFPB later this week will start a rulemaking process that would ultimately require financial institutions to share personal data with a consumer upon his or her request.

Democrats Get Ready To Blame The Fed

Continuing progressive critiques of the FOMC’s anti-inflation fight, Senate Banking Chairman Brown (D-OH) has written to FRB Chairman Powell sharply protesting current Fed policy.

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3 10, 2022

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2022-10-05T10:29:43-04:00October 3rd, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Gruenberg Commits to Climate-Risk Standards, Cautious on Premium Hike

Acting FDIC Chairman Gruenberg today strongly defended banking-agency action addressing climate risk, indicating that the FDIC will advance pending risk-management principles akin to those pending from the OCC (see FSM Report GREEN12) along with working with the Fed.

FRB-Chicago Study: Big U.S. Banks are Oligopolists

A new Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago working paper finds that U.S. banking has become increasingly concentrated judged by the top-five bank’s market share and a standard market-power index, concluding that this “oligopolistic” sector is thus able to charge undue fees to weaker corporate customers.

Warren Zelle Report Finds “Rampant” Fraud, Slams Banks

Following the hearing with large-bank CEOs (see Client Report REFORM213), Sen. Warren (D-MA) released a scathing report concluding that Zelle is plagued by “rampant and increasing fraud.”

Board Defies Critics, Demands Two Networks for Online Debit Transactions

Ahead of possible Congressional action on legislation to restrict credit-card interchange fees (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE10), the FRB today voted 6-1 to finalize its controversial proposal (see FSM Report INTERCHANGE8) requiring debit-card issuers to enable at least two unaffiliated payment-card networks, including with regard to “card not present” transactions.

FSOC Presses New Law, Rule, Supervisory Standards to Tackle Crypto Systemic Risk

As anticipated, the FSOC today approved a sweeping report on cryptoasset financial stability, finding that interconnectedness between this sector and the financial system poses significant risk that warrants structural action.

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22 09, 2022

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2022-10-12T17:04:04-04:00September 22nd, 2022|5- Client Report|

Senate Republicans Tackle Woke Banking; Democrats Turn Again to Zelle, Fees

Senate Banking’s hearing with big-bank CEOs proved much more combative than HFSC’s session yesterday (see Client Report REFORM212).  From the outset, Republican Senators condemned what they characterized as serious threats of banking politicization around social and cultural issues, with Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) predicting a Republican counter-offensive should his party regain control.  He also said that the Fed’s decision to join other central banks and supervisors in implementing climate scenario analysis is a precursor to regulatory edicts pressuring banks to divest from energy companies.  Republicans also emphasized that high regulatory-capital requirements have undue macroeconomic effects.  As predicted, Democratic focused extensively on Zelle and bank fees.

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21 09, 2022

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2022-09-27T16:31:10-04:00September 21st, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

Liang Emphasizes Fed CBDC Views vs. Treasury Report

In remarks last night, Treasury Under-Secretary Liang took a decidedly more cautious stand on CBDC than Treasury’s recent report, emphasizing its caveats rather than over-arching conclusions.  Differing from the report (see Client Report CBDC14), she reiterated Fed concerns that CBDC might undermine financial intermediation even as the report argues that it might well not do so if nonbanks were given access to it and to instant payments.

Senate Democrats Lambast More Big Banks

Ahead of their hearing with big-bank CEOs tomorrow, Senate Banking Democrats today released additional “snapshots” similar to those published earlier this week, this time highlighting Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase. These “megabank” snapshots follow the same format as those for the large regional banks, providing a list of headlines highlighting not only alleged instances of consumer discrimination and abuse, but also Wells Fargo’s fake accounts scandal and JP Morgan’s oil lending practices.

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20 09, 2022

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2022-09-27T16:49:38-04:00September 20th, 2022|2- Daily Briefing|

FedFin Assessment: Tales of a New TLAC

With press reports strongly suggesting that U.S. banking agencies will impose TLAC requirements on at least some regional BHCs, we think it helpful to provide an update on the 2016 rule imposing this resolution buffer (see FSM Report TLAC6) to note the implications of reopening the regulation.

HFSC Dems Attack Lack of Diversity in Insurance

Ahead of an HFSC hearing on Thursday, Chairwoman Waters (D-CA) and Rep. Beatty (D-OH) released a report sharply critical of the lack of diversity in the largest US insurance companies.  Noting an array of problematic practices, the report also calls for action on legislation to require insurance companies to report their diversity data and policies to their respective regulators and to publicly disclose the gender and race makeup of their board directors and senior executives.

Senate Banking Fires Another Shot at Big Banks

Following yesterday’s “snapshots” of Truist, PNC, and USB ahead of the Thursday big-bank hearing, Senate Banking Democrats today continued their attack on large banks, releasing similar reports on Citi and Bank of America.  These snapshots again focus on consumer issues such as Zelle fraud and also highlight recent enforcement actions.

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