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09/23/2019

Major funding sources for Iran's terrorism targeted

The Treasury Department announced on Friday that OFAC has designated the Central Bank of Iran, the National Development Fund of Iran (NDF), and Etemad Tejarate Pars Co.

Iran’s Central Bank has provided billions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), its Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its terrorist proxy, Hizballah. Iran’s NDF, which is Iran’s sovereign wealth fund and whose board of trustees include Iran’s president, oil minister, and the governor of the Central Bank, has been a major source of foreign currency and funding for the IRGC-QF and Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). Etemad Tejarate Pars is an Iran-based company that is used to conceal financial transfers for MODAFL’s military purchases, including funds originating from the NDF.

For additional identification details, see BankersOnline's OFAC Update.

09/23/2019

FEMA suspending communities in two states on Friday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published [84 FR 49676] a notice in this morning's Federal Register identifying communities in Alaska and Mississippi that are scheduled for suspension from the National Flood Insurance Program on Friday, September 27, 2019, for noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. The affected communities are:

  • AK: Matanuska-Susitna Borough
  • MS: Picayune, Poplarville, and unincorporated areas of Hancock and Pearl River Counties

Lenders should verify the status of the identified communities, because they may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures prior to the scheduled suspension date.

09/20/2019

OCC announces enforcement actions

The OCC has released a list of recent enforcement actions taken against individuals now or formerly affiliated with OCC-supervised institutions:

  • A Notice of Charges for an order of prohibition was issued against a former teller of PNC Bank, Wilmington, Delaware, who misappropriated cash from his teller drawer and a ATM, over both of which he had sole control. The Notice announces the OCC’s intention to issue the order of prohibition, subject to the respondent’s right to an administrative hearing of the OCC’s charges.
  • Removal and prohibition orders were issued to:
    • a former teller of The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, whom the OCC found to have misappropriated a total of $11,000 in cash while clearing customer cash deposits from ATMs and falsified general ledger tickets to conceal the misconduct
    • a former loan officer of The City National Bank and Trust Company, Lawton, Oklahoma, whom the OCC found to have submitted false or misleading information related to eight loans totaling $7,081,446 from four financial institutions, causing those institutions to lose the total value of the loans. The former loan officer pled guilty to one count of fraud and one count of wire fraud and agreed to pay restitution of $7,081,446 to the four financial institutions.
    • a former phone banker of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on the basis of activities while serving as a phone banker . The OCC found that the former banker provided bank customers’ credit card numbers to unauthorized individuals who fraudulently used the information, causing a loss to the bank of approximately $7,975.
    • a former branch associate of Capital One, National Association, McLean, Virginia. The OCC found that the former banker assigned temporary debit cards to two customers' accounts without their permission and withdrew a total of $22,606.50 at automated teller machines using the cards.

09/20/2019

Changes to FDIC post-exam survey process

In FIL-50-2019 the FDIC is notifying FDIC-supervised financial institutions that the Office of the Ombudsman, which is independent of the supervisory process, reports directly to the FDIC Chairman's office, and is a confidential resource for banks, is now administering the Post-Examination Survey process.

The Office of the Ombudsman will:

  • Assume responsibility for soliciting Survey responses effective October 1, 2019;
  • Send notice that the Survey will accompany the Report of Examination;
  • Provide a reminder to encourage participation in the Survey; and
  • Serve as the contact point for banks regarding the Survey and follow-up requests.

The FIL includes links to the current post-exam survey questions for the Safety and Soundness and the Compliance and CRA exams.

09/19/2019

CFPB to enhance consumer complaint database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced it will be adding enhancements to its Consumer Complaint Database:

  • modified disclaimers to provide better context to the published data
  • integrating financial information and resources into the complaint process to help address questions and better inform consumers before they submit a complaint
  • information to assist consumers who wish to contact the financial company to get answers to their specific questions

In addition the CFPB is making changes to its website to provide disclosures on the nature of complaints as well as resources to consumers, including:

  • more prominently displaying disclosures making it clear that the Consumer Complaint Database is not a statistical sample of consumers’ experiences in the marketplace;
  • highlighting the availability of answers to common financial questions for consumers to help inform them before they submit a complaint; and
  • highlighting consumers' ability to contact the financial company directly to get answers to their specific questions

09/19/2019

FTC staff comments on CFPB proposed FDCPA rules

The Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to the CFBP regarding proposed rules that implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Their comments included:

  • changes that would improve the types of information debt collectors are required to provide to people from whom they are attempting to collect and how, when, and where collectors are allowed to make contact with consumers
  • issues around debt that has passed the statute of limitations, the sale and transfer of debt, the collection of debts involving people who are deceased, and restrictions on the disclosure of information about debt to third parties

09/18/2019

SEC proposes update of bank disclosure rules

The SEC has announced that it has proposed rules to update the statistical disclosures that bank and savings and loan registrants provide to investors, and eliminate disclosures that overlap with Commission rules, U.S. GAAP or IFRS. The proposed rules would replace Industry Guide 3, Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies, with updated disclosure in a new subpart of Regulation S-K. The proposed rules would apply to bank holding companies, banks, savings and loan holding companies, and savings and loan associations. The proposed rules would require disclosure about:

  • Distribution of assets, liabilities and stockholders’ equity, the related interest income and expense, and interest rates and interest differential;
  • Weighted average yield of investments in debt securities by maturity;
  • Maturity analysis of the loan portfolio including the amounts that have predetermined interest rates and floating or adjustable interest rates;
  • An allocation of the allowance for credit losses and certain credit ratios; and
  • Information about bank deposits including amounts that are uninsured.

The proposal will have a 60-day public comment period following its publication in the Federal Register.

09/18/2019

Raymond James pays $15M to settle SEC charges

The SEC has announced has issued a settled order against three Raymond James entities for improperly charging advisory fees on inactive retail client accounts and charging excess commissions for brokerage customer investments in certain unit investment trusts (UITs).

The order finds that Raymond James & Associates, Inc., and Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc., failed to consistently perform promised ongoing reviews of advisory accounts that had no trading activity for at least one year. According to the order, because they did not conduct the reviews properly, they failed to determine whether the client’s fee-based advisory account was suitable. The order further finds that the entities also misapplied the wrong pricing data to certain UIT positions held by advisory clients, causing them to overpay fees.

Under the order, the Raymond James entities will pay disgorgement of $11.1 million, prejudgment interest of $1.1 million and a civil money penalty of $3 million, for a total of $15.2 million.

09/18/2019

FDIC finalizes changes to capital rules

The FDIC has announced it has finalized a rule that introduces an optional simplified measure of capital adequacy for qualifying community banking organizations (i.e., the community bank leverage ratio (CBLR) framework), as required by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. The CBLR framework is designed to reduce burden by removing the requirements for calculating and reporting risk-based capital ratios for qualifying community banking organizations that opt into the framework. In order to qualify for the CBLR framework, a community banking organization must have a tier 1 leverage ratio of greater than 9 percent, less than $10 billion in total consolidated assets, and limited amounts of off-balance-sheet exposures and trading assets and liabilities. the CBLR framework will be available for banks to use in their March 31, 2020, Call Report.

The FDIC also finalized a rule that permits non-advanced approaches banking organizations to use the simpler regulatory capital requirements for mortgage-servicing assets, certain deferred tax assets arising from temporary differences, investments in the capital of unconsolidated financial institutions, and minority interest when measuring their tier 1 capital as of January 1, 2020. Banking organizations may use this new measure of tier 1 capital under the CBLR framework.

In addition, the FDIC finalized a rule that makes technical changes to incorporate the CBLR framework into the deposit insurance assessment system. A bank that uses the CBLR framework will not have any changes to how its assessment rate is calculated.

The agency also posted a Fact Sheet with an overview of the Community Bank Leverage Ration (CBLR) Framework.

09/18/2019

Treasury proposes FIRRMA regs

The Treasury Department announced yesterday it has issued two proposed regulations to comprehensively implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) and to better address national security concerns arising from certain investments and real estate transactions. The regulations strengthen and modernize the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency committee authorized to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

Comments on the proposed rules will be accepted through October 17, 2019. Treasury intends to issue final rules to take effect no later than February 13, 2020.

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