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The Federal Reserve announced an expansion of the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF) originally announced on March 18, 2020 as part of its response to the coronavirus crisis.  Under the expanded MMLF, certain municipal bonds are eligible as collateral and certain municipal MMFs are eligible for
Continue Reading Fed Expands Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility to Include Municipal Bonds

The Federal Reserve’s creation of a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF) follows the announcement of a Commercial Paper Funding Facility and a Primary Dealer Credit Facility, both of which we discussed earlier this week (link to CPFF memo, link to PDCF memo), and represents
Continue Reading Fed Establishes a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility

The FDIC proposed a rule to formalize certain longstanding expectations it has for approving applications by new industrial loan companies (ILCs) that would be subsidiaries of a parent company that would not be subject to consolidated supervision by the Federal Reserve. The proposal would require a written agreement
Continue Reading Client Memorandum: FDIC Proposes Supervision of ILC Holding Companies

In a welcome move, two recent actions by the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC (the Banking Agencies) recognize the increasing role of fund complexes and passive investing.  The Banking Agencies have released a statement under the Federal Reserve’s Regulation O which acknowledges the reality that equity mutual funds may sometimes
Continue Reading Federal Banking Agencies Recognize the Rise of Index Funds and Passive Investing

In a step forward for the digital transformation of banking and partnerships between banks and FinTechs, the FDIC released proposed changes to its brokered deposit regulations in late December 2019. The proposed changes are designed to update the regulatory framework as much as possible within the constraints of the existing
Continue Reading Encouraging Innovation: Brokered Deposits—What Fintechs Need to Know to Partner with Banks under the FDIC’s Proposed Regulations

The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) recently revised guidelines (the 2019 Guidelines) on how it will identify and address financial stability risks are a major shift from the guidelines it issued in the immediate aftermath of the Financial Crisis.  The 2019 Guidelines draw upon lessons learned from
Continue Reading Client Memorandum: FSOC Shift to an Activities-Based Approach Signals an Emphasis on the Risks to Financial Stability from Digital Transformation

The U.S. banking agencies have completed one of the most important steps towards rebalancing the U.S. bank regulatory framework since the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in the wake of the 2007 – 2008 financial crisis.  The agencies have adopted final rules to tailor enhanced prudential standards and U.S. Basel III
Continue Reading Visual Memorandum: Final Tailoring Rules for U.S. Banking Organizations

The FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board have solicited public comment on the use of the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System, more commonly known as CAMELS ratings.  The release asks 10 questions, which focus on the ways in which the agencies use the CAMELS system, their consistency in doing so,
Continue Reading FDIC and Federal Reserve Board Request Comment on CAMELS Ratings

The Federal Reserve has finalized its rules to further tailor the regulatory framework for enhanced prudential standards and the U.S. Basel III capital and liquidity requirements applicable to domestic banking organizations and foreign banking organizations (Final Tailoring Rules).  Compared to the proposed rules that the U.S. banking agencies
Continue Reading “Off the Rack”: Federal Reserve Finalizes Tailoring Rules with Few Changes

In a long-awaited milestone, the SEC has proposed an update of Guide 3, the industry guide for banking organizations.  The proposal eliminates a number of the current requirements under Guide 3 and streamlines many of those that remain.  The three “new” credit quality ratios in the proposal are, in practice,
Continue Reading Better Late Than Never: SEC Proposes Guide 3 Update