In his recent speech that we have covered in a series of blog posts, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles announced that he would like the Federal Reserve to achieve “meaningful simplification of our framework of loss absorbency requirements,” referring to both the Federal Reserve’s capital and … Read More

The Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and International Organization of Securities Commissions announced late last week a survey focusing on the effects of post-crisis regulatory reforms on incentives to centrally clear over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

The G20 agreed in 2009 to promote … Read More

Six years after finalizing the first set of Basel III reforms to the capital framework for banking organizations, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has agreed on and released the final set of revisions to the Basel III capital standards (sometimes referred to as “Basel IV”).

The reforms include the … Read More

The Senate’s bipartisan regulatory relief bill advanced out of the Senate Banking Committee this week with only minor changes and remains on a path to a filibuster-proof majority.  The bill would provide regulatory relief to regional, community and custody banks, among others—as described in two earlier posts here and hereRead More

Does the bipartisan Senate bill described in our earlier post leave large banks, i.e., banking organizations with $250 billion or more in total consolidated assets, and foreign banking organizations (FBOs) entirely out in the cold?  No, but the relief it provides to large banking organizations is quite limited, and it … Read More

The U.S. banking agencies (the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC) have delayed the last phase of the U.S. Basel III capital rules’ transition provisions relating to certain deductions from capital and limitations on the recognition of minority interests, which were scheduled to become effective January 1, 2018, for banking organizations … Read More

The bipartisan Senate bill would open the door to welcome relief for regional and community bank holding companies (BHCs) by raising the statutory threshold for enhanced prudential standards from $50 billion to $250 billion in total consolidated assets.  The bill, titled the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection ActRead More

The U.S. banking agencies this week released a proposal that would significantly amend the U.S. Basel III capital rules of all three agencies by simplifying the capital treatment of several items, primarily for non-advanced approaches banking organizations.  The proposed rule represents the agencies’ next step in the agencies’ efforts, discussed … Read More

On Tuesday the House Committee on Financial Services passed along to the whole House a bill that would require the federal banking agencies to amend their liquidity rules (including the LCR Rule) to treat all “municipal obligations” (as defined in the bill) as level 2B high quality liquid assets (HQLAs), … Read More

The U.S. banking agencies (the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC) propose to delay the last phase of the U.S. Basel III capital rules’ transition provisions relating to certain deductions from capital and limitations on the recognition of minority interests, which are scheduled to become effective January 1, 2018, for banking … Read More