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CRA ratings released

The OCC has released the ratings received by 41 national banks, federal savings associations and insured federal branches of foreign banks that were recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reivestment Act (CRA). Five were rated outstanding, and 36 satisfactory.


Top Stories for February 2005

  • FRB Requests CRA Revision Comments

    The FRB has requested public comment on proposed revisions to its regulations implementing the CRA that are intended to reduce regulatory burden on community banks. The proposed rulemaking is identical to proposals previously announced by the OCC and the FDIC. FRB PR  2/28/05

  • Regulators Enter Written Agreement With Individuals

    The FRB and the FDIC have announced the execution of a joint Written Agreement by and among the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the FDIC with two individuals affiliated with NorCrown Trust.
    FRB PR; FDIC PR; Written Agreement  2/28/05

  • BSA And AML Deficiencies Result In Order

    The OCC has announced that due to deficiencies in internal controls regarding BSA and AML compliance, the Federal Branch of Arab Bank, PLC, New York, New York, has consented to an order under which it will contract its activities and convert to an agency office. The order replaced a previously interim order. Consent Order; Interim Order  2/28/05

  • FDIC Issues 2004 Annual Report

    The FDIC has issued its 2004 Annual Report. Index; Full Report  2/28/05

  • ABA Urges Action On Bankruptcy Legislation

    In emails sent to ABA members, Chairman Duke urged bankers to call their U.S. Senators regarding passage of Senate Bill 256, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. According to the ABA, the bipartisan legislation, which is scheduled to be voted on the week of February 28, would establish a bankruptcy system that protects those who most need protection while ensuring that those who can afford to pay at least part of their debts do pay.
    Senate Bill 256 2/25/05

  • Winter Issue Consumer News Published

    The FDIC has published the Winter 2004/2005 issue of Consumer News which contains information on following subjects: Tips for Simplifying Your Financial Life; Expecting a Tax Refund? Beware of Costly Loans and Other Pitfalls; New Studies Highlight Different ID Thefts; and Updates on FDIC Insurance.
    Winter Consumer News 2/25/05

  • Fourth Quarter Preliminary Interest Rate Risk Measures And Charge-Off Rates Released

    OTS has released the preliminary interest rate risk measures and the thrift industry charge-off rates for the fourth quarter 2004.
    Preliminary Measures; Charge-Off Rates 2/25/05

  • Bank And Thrift Earnings Set Record

    FDIC insured commercial banks and savings institutions reported net income of $123 billion in 2004, surpassing the previous record set in 2003 and representing the fourth consecutive year that industry earnings set a new record.
    Earnings Record 2/25/05

  • Fourth Quarter Edition of Quarterly Banking Profile Published

    The FDIC has published the fourth quarter edition of the Quarterly Banking Profile along with related publications.
    Quarterly Banking Profile;
    QBP Graph Book;
    QBP Statistics At-A-Glance;
    State Banking Performance Summary 2/25/05

  • Final Guidance On OD Protection Published in FR

    This guidance is intended to assist insured depository institutions in the responsible disclosure and administration of
    overdraft protection services. 70FR9127 txt 70FR9127 pdf 2/24/05

  • Changes To Regs Z And E To Be Discussed By CAC

    The FRB has announced that the Consumer Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2005 in the Board's Martin Building in Washington, D.C. The session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Anyone planning to attend the meeting must register online. Among the topics for discussion are proposed revisions of Reg Z and Reg E.
    Notice of Meeting;
    Registration Form 2/24/05

  • OCC Updates Handbook

    The OCC has revised the “Other Consumer Protection Laws and Regulations” booklet in the Comptroller’s Handbook. Interagency examination procedures have been updated for such laws and regulations including the Homeowners Protection Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, the "Disclosure and Reporting of CRA-Related Agreements," and the "Prohibition Against Use of Interstate Branches Primarily for Deposit Production." Update

  • NCUA Releases Reform Proposal

    NCUA has released its January 2005 draft report entitled “Prompt Corrective Action Proposal for Reform”. The report discusses recommended statutory changes and provides details as to how NCUA would design a new risk-based system for federally insured credit unions. The proposed changes are designed to achieve comparability with the capital standards for FDIC-insured institutions by eliminating disparate differences in the standards.
    Proposal 2/24/05

  • International Reserve Position Released

    Treasury has released the U. S. International Reserve Position for the week ending February 18, 2005.
    Reserve Position 2/24/05

  • Fourth Quarter 2004 Charge-Off Report Issued

    The FRB has issued the Charge-Off and Delinquency Rates on Loan and Leases at Commercial Banks report for the Fourth Quarter 2004.
    Charge-Off Report 2/24/05

  • December 2005 G. 20 Released

    The G.20 Financial Companies report for December 2004 has been released by the FRB.
    G.20 2/24/05

  • Fedwire Forms Available Online

    FRB Financial Services has announced that Fedwire Funds and Fedwire Securities Authorization forms and instructions are now available online.
    Forms and Instructions 2/24/05

  • Reg CC Technial Amendment Published in FR

    The FRB is amending appendix A of Regulation CC to delete the reference to the Detroit branch office of the Federal
    Reserve Bank of Chicago and reassign the Federal Reserve routing symbols currently listed under that office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and delete the reference to the Houston branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and reassign the routing numbers listed under that office to the head office of that Reserve Bank. 70FR8716 (txt) 70FR8716 (pdf) 2/24/05

  • Agencies Issue Final Guidance On OD Protection Programs

    The federal bank and credit union regulatory agencies have announced a final joint guidance to assist insured depository institutions in the disclosure and administration of overdraft protection programs.
    Fed Reg Notice;
    FRB PR;
    OCC NR;
    NCUA 2/22/05

  • CRA Evaluations Released By OCC

    The OCC has released the CRA evaluations for sixteen national banks that became public during the period of January 15, 2005 through February 14, 2005. Two of the banks received an outstanding rating, fourteen were rated satisfactory and none received a needs to improve or substantial noncompliance rating.
    CRA 2/22/05

  • February Issue New Electronic Interpretations and Actions Posted

    The OCC has posted online the February 2005 issue of New Electronic Interpretations and Actions.
    Electronic Interpretations 2/22/05

  • OTS Regulatory Bulletins Issued

    OTS has issued two regulatory bulletins, one dealing with Check 21 and the other concerning HMDA.
    Check 21 Bulletin;
    HMDA Bulletin 2/22/05

  • Check Processing Changes Announced For Three Fed Districts

    The FRB has announced amendments to Appendix A of Reg CC that reflect the restructuring of the Federal Reserve's check processing operations in the Fourth, Seventh, and Eleventh Districts.Check Processing    2/18/05

  • FRB Website Gets Makeover

    The FRB has implemented improvements to its web site to make the statistical releases and historical data easier to use. The statistical releases are now grouped by the following subject areas: principal economic indicators, bank asset quality, bank assets and liabilities, bank structure data, business finance, exchange rates and international data, flow of funds accounts, household finance, industrial activity, interest rates, and money stock and reserve balances. The site also now has links to Board surveys.Redesigned    2/18/05

  • HOEPA March 2005 Reference Rates Posted

    The Federal Reserve has posted the new reference rates which lenders must use to determine if loans for which applications are received in March 2005 will be subject to HOEPA under the APR trigger test. Use the daily or weekly FRB H.15 to find applicable release which lists the Treasury Security with the same maturity term as your loan. To make the calculation, you use the yield in effect on the 15th of the month prior to the month you received the application.
    Daily H. 15;
    Weekly H. 15    2/17/05

  • Enforcement Actions Announced

    The OCC has announced thirteen new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks and seven terminations of existing enforcement actions.
    Enforcement Actions    2/17/05

  • Greenspan Presents Money Policy Report To Congress

    Chairman Greenspan presented the FRB’s semiannual Money Policy Report and testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
    Money Policy    2/17/05

  • FEDS Working Paper Published

    The FRB has published a working paper in the FEDS series entitled “An Empirical Analysis of Bond Recovery Rates: Exploring a Structural View of Default”.
    Full Paper    2/17/05

  • G. 17 Report Issued

    The FRB has issued the G. 17 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization report for January 2005.
    G. 17    2/17/05

  • Thrift Industy 2004 Earnings Announced

    OTS has announced that the nation’s thrift industry reported another year of sound financial results which were highlighted by record earnings and equity capital for the calendar year and last quarter of 2004.
    Graphs and Charts;
    Selected Indicators    2/17/05

  • Money Smart Winter 2005 Issue Published

    The Winter 2005 issue of Money Smart News has been published by the FDIC.
    Money Smart    2/17/05

  • al Qaida Leader Added To SDN List

    OFAC has added an individual to the SDN list with the designation of SDGT. Information regarding the individual has been posted on the BOL OFAC page.    2/16/05

  • IDIG Available On CD-ROM

    The FDIC has issued a FIL that announces that the Inventory of Deposit Insurance Guidance (IDIG), is now available on a free CD-ROM as a resource tool primarily for bank employees who work with deposit insurance coverage issues.
    IDIG Order Form    2/16/05

  • Deputy Comptroller for Large Bank Supervision Named

    The OCC has announced that Joseph Evers has been appointed Deputy Comptroller for Large Bank Supervision.
    Evers    2/16/05

  • February FedFocus Published

    The Federal Reserve Financial Services has published the February 2005 issue of FedFocus which contains articles regarding: Highlighting the Check Payments Study, FedLine Advantage Availability, and the Benefits of Check 21.
    FedFocus    2/16/05

  • FDIC Releases 2005-2010 Strategic Plan

    The FDIC has released its strategic plan for the years 2005-2010.
    Strategic Plan    2/16/05

  • December TIC Data Released

    Treasury has released the TIC data for December 2004.
    TIC    2/16/05

  • International Reserve Position Update

    The International Reserve Position for the week ending February 11, 2004 has posted by Treasury.
    International Reserve    2/16/05

  • Cost Of Funds Reports Issued

    OTS has issued the December 2004 and historical National Average Cost of Funds Ratio to OTS Regulated, SAIF - Insured Institutions reports.
    December Report;
    Historical Report    2/16/05

  • FDIC 2004 Annual Report Submitted

    As required by law, the FDIC has submitted its 2004 Annual Report to the President of the United States, the President of the U.S. Senate, and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Annual Report    2/16/05

  • Special Alert Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks

    The FDIC has issued a Special Alert regarding counterfeit cashier’s checks drawn on BancFirst, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Information concerning the counterfeit items has been posted on the BOL Alerts & Counterfeits page.    2/15/05

  • Unauthorized Banking Special Alert

    A Special Alert has been issued by the FDIC regarding First National of America Banc, Chicago, Illinois. The entity is not chartered by the OCC. There is no record of such a company being authorized or licensed to conduct the business of banking by the state of Illinois and the FDIC does not insure the entity or any products or services it may offer.
    Special Alert    2/15/05

  • Three Countries Removed From NCCT List

    FATF has announced that the Cook Islands, Indonesia and the Philippines have been removed from the NCCT list and that China has been invited to attend FATF meetings as an observer. In addition, a Best Practices paper has been published regarding the detecting and preventing the cross-border transportation of cash by terrorists and other criminals.
    FATF PR;
    Paper    2/15/05

  • FRB Revises Q & A

    The FRB has revised the Q & A found in the previously released Resolution Package regarding the board resolutions required from all Federal Reserve account holders and FedLine Advantage early adopters.
    Resolution Package    2/15/05

  • OD Protection Programs Final Guidance Issued

    OTS has issued a final guidance on overdraft protection programs for savings associations. The guidance is intended to assist institutions in ensuring adequate disclosures in connection with, and the responsible administration of, overdraft protection programs made available to their customers.
    Final Guidance    2/15/05

  • New Issue Of The Quarterly Review of Interest Rate Risk Published

    The Third Quarter 2004 issue of The Quarterly Review of Interest Rate Risk has been published by OTS and features an article on stripped mortgage-backed securities and risk management.
    Quarterly Review    2/15/05

  • BIF And SAIF Year End Results Released

    The FDIC has released the 2004 year end financial results for the BIF and SAIF funds.
    Results    2/15/05

  • Reg CC Technial Amendment Published in FR

    The FRB is amending appendix A of Regulation CC to delete the reference to the Birmingham branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and reassign the Federal Reserve routing symbols currently listed under that office to the
    head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 70FR7379   2/14/05

  • Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks Special Alert

    The FDIC has issued a Special Alert regarding counterfeit cashier’s checks bearing the name of First Bank of Canyon Creek, Richardson, Texas, a branch of First National Bank of Crockett, Crockett, Texas. Information concerning the counterfeit cashier’s checks has been posted on the BOL Alerts & Counterfeits Page.

  • Comment Period Extended

    The federal banking and thrift regulatory agencies have extended for 45 days the comment period on the proposed changes to the data collection process that supports the Shared National Credit review of large syndicated loans. The public comment period will now end April 7, 2005.
    OTS    2/14/05

  • OCC Updates Licensing Manual

    The OCC has revised the "Charters " and "General Policies and Procedures" booklets of the Comptroller’s Licensing Manual series and posted them on the OCC’s Web site. In addition, the “Internet” and the “National Bank Charter” booklets have been deleted from the Manual’s series.
    General Policies;
    Licensing Manual    2/14/05

  • Joint Enforcement Actions Issued

    The FRB and the FDIC have announced the issuance of joint enforcement actions against The NorCrown Trust and Charles Kushner who are required to pay civil money penalties totaling at least $12.5 million, to divest The NorCrown Trust's shares of NorCrown Bank, and to transfer the shares to a voting trust administered by an independent trustee until the divestiture is completed. Joint Orders;
    FRB PR
    ; FDIC PR   2/11/05

  • Prohibition Orders Issued By NCUA

    NCUA has issued orders prohibiting six individuals from participating in any manner in the affairs of federally insured financial institutions. NCUA PR; Orders    2/11/05

  • Regulators Discuss BSA And AML Compliance

    In separate presentations before the Florida International Bankers Association’s “Anti-Money Laundering & USA Patriot Act Compliance Conference”, OCC Acting Chief Counsel Stipano and FinCEN Director Fox addressed BSA and AML compliance issues. Stipano Speech Fox Speech    2/11/05

  • FYI Focuses On Home Price Cycle

    The FDIC has posted online the February edition of FYI which features an article on the topic, “U.S. Home Prices: Does Bust Always Follow Boom?”. FYI    2/11/05

  • B of A Executes Enforcement Agreements and Pays $375 Million

    The FRB has announced the execution of a Written Agreement by and between Bank of America Corporation, Charlotte, N.C., a bank holding company, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In addition, OCC announced the execution of a Written Agreement with Bank of America, N.A., Charlotte, N.C. and the SEC announced the execution of an administrative Order against Banc of America Capital Management LLC, a registered investment adviser, BACAP Distributors, LLC, a registered investment adviser, and Banc of America Securities, LLC, a registered investment adviser and broker dealer, which requires the payment of $375 million and the exiting of the mutual funds clearing business.FRB Written Agreement; OCC Written Agreement; SEC Order    2/10/05

  • Comments Sought Regarding Extension Of Federal Reserve Reports

    The FRB is seeking comments regarding a proposal to approve the extension for three years, without revision, of the following reports: FR 2226, FR 2225, FR Y-3, FR Y3N, FR Y-4, and FR K-1. Proposal    2/10/05

  • Federal Reserve Final Rule in FR

    on the Extension of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks. The final amendments to Regulation A have been adopted to reflect the Board’s approval of an increase in the primary credit rate at each Federal Reserve Bank, which also increases the secondary credit rate at each
    Reserve Bank automatically by formula as a result of the Board’s primary credit rate action. Effective date: The amendments to part 201 (Regulation A) are effective February 9, 2005. The rate changes for primary and secondary credit were effective on the dates specified in 12 CFR 201.51, as amended. Final Rule Published in FR 2/09/05.    2/09/05

  • Sixth District Check Processing Restructuring To Start In March

    The FRB has announced amendments to Appendix A of Reg. CC that reflect the restructuring of the check processing operations in the Sixth Federal Reserve District. These amendments, which are effective March 26, 2005, are the first in a series will take place through the first quarter of 2006, associated with the previously-announced restructuring of the Reserve Banks' check processing operations which were featured in the September 28, 2004 BOL Top Stories. Restructuring   2/09/05

  • Unauthorized Banking Alert

    The OCC has issued an Alert regarding an entity that calls itself "First National of America Banc," and uses a Chicago, Illinois address. The OCC has not authorized this entity to operate as a bank, and no record exists of its being authorized or licensed by the state of Illinois to conduct the business of banking. Alert    2/09/05

  • International Reserve Position Update

    Treasury has released the U.S. International Reserve Position for the week ending February 4, 2005.
    Reserve Position    2/09/05

  • OTS Budget Plan Released

    OTS has released its FY 2005 Performance Budget Plan. Plan    2/09/05

  • CRA Ratings Issued By FDIC

    The FDIC has announced the CRA evaluation ratings that were issued to state nonmember banks in November 2004.
    CRA Ratings; FDIC PR    2/08/05

  • Loan Officer Opinion Survey Results Published

    The results of the January 2005 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices, along with tables and charts, has been published by Treasury. Survey questions included: why nonbank investors have increased their participation in the C&I loan market, the effect of changes over the past year in their terms on commercial real estate loans, and why the share of industry assets accounted for by residential real estate loans has increased over the past three years. Full Report; Table 1; Table 2; Charts   2/08/05

  • Consumer Credit Report Released

    The December 2004 G.19 Consumer Credit Report has been released by the FRB. G.19   2/08/05

  • Blue Book Released

    Treasury has released the Blue Book which summarizes the revenue proposals in the President's Fiscal Year 2006 Budget. Blue Book   2/08/05

  • OCC Predatory Lending Guidance Published

    The new OCC Guidelines designed to protect against national bank involvement in predatory, abusive, unfair, or deceptive residential mortgage lending practices have now been published in the Federal
    Register. Effective Date: 4/18/05 PDF; TXT   2/07/05

  • Seven Banks Pay CMP For OFAC Violations

    The monthly OFAC CMP Enforcement Information report for February 2004 reveals that seven banks were cited for violations of OFAC Sanctions Programs regarding Sudan, Iran, Libya and Cuba. The CMPs imposed ranged from $2,760 to $30,800. Only one of the banks voluntarily disclosed its violation.
    OFAC CMP   2/07/05

  • Examiner Borrowing Rule Amended

    The FRB has issued a SL that announces the amendment of the rules regarding borrowings by a bank examiner. The amendment provides narrow exceptions that enable an examiner to obtain credit cards and certain home mortgage loans from a broader range of lenders.
    SL; Amendment   2/07/05

  • FDIC Announces Enforcement Orders

    The FDIC has announced that nineteen administrative enforcement actions were taken against banks and individuals in December 2004. The actions included six cease and desist orders, three removal and prohibition orders, three civil money penalty orders, one termination of insurance order, and six orders terminating orders to cease and desist. Orders   2/07/05

  • Greenspan Observations On U.S. Trade Deficit

    In a presentation before the Advancing Enterprise 2005 Conference in London, FDIC Chairman Greenspan noted that the advance of information and communications technology has effectively shrunk the time and distance that separates world markets. He observed that the movement of saving accounts across national borders to fund investments has negatively impacted the U.S. trade deficit. In addition, he remarked that the increase in U.S. home mortgage debt correlates significantly with the trade deficit.
    Speech   2/07/05

  • Proposed Rule: NCUA

    Request for Burden Reduction Recommendation; Safety and Soundness and Anti-Money Laundering Regulations; Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 Review. Today, we request input to help identify which requirements in two regulatory categories—Safety and Soundness and Anti-Money Laundering—are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome. Comment Deadline 5/5/05. PDF; TXT    2/04/05

  • Request For Comments Creates Buzz On Treads

    A notice posted in the Federal Register and a FIL regarding a request by the federal financial institution regulators for comments and suggestions is a hot topic on the Watercooler and CIP and BSA/PATRIOT Act Issues forums of BOL Bankers’ Threads. The topic that has created the uproar is - how to reduce the regulatory burdens regarding money laundering, safety and soundness, and securities rules. Read the notice and the reactions of your fellow BOL Users, add your thoughts to theirs and submit your comments.
    Fed Reg;
    BOL Watercooler Forum; BOL CIP and BSA/PATRIOT Act Issues Forum; Submit Comments   2/0/05

  • Proposed Rule: The OCC, Board, FDIC, and OTS

    (‘‘we’’ or ‘‘the Agencies’’) are reviewing our regulations to identify outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulatory requirements pursuant to the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA). Commment Deadline 5/4/05 PDF; TXT    2/03/05

  • OCC Issues Predatory Lending Guidelines

    The OCC has issued a Bulletin announcing new residential real estate lending standards as an additional step to protect against national banks becoming involved in predatory, abusive, unfair, or deceptive residential mortgage lending practices. The standards described in the guidelines are to be enforcead by part 30 of the OCC’s regulations. Bulletin;
    Guidelines; Part 30    2/03/05

  • C & D And Consent Orders Issued

    A cease and desist order regarding BSA and AML compliance has been issued by the FRB against Banco de Chile, Santiago, Chile, and Banco de Chile's Miami branch. In a separate, coordinated action, the OCC issued a Consent Order against the institution and branch. C & D; Consent Order    2/03/05

  • Disposal Of CI FIL Issued

    The FDIC has issued a FIL regarding the previously announced Interagency Guidelines Requiring the Proper Disposal of Consumer Information. Notice of the Guidelines was posted in the December 22 and 28, 2004 BOL Top Stories. FIL    2/03/05

  • FOMC And Board Raise Rates

    The FOMC has raised its target for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points and the Board of Governors has approved a 25-basis-point increase in the discount rate. Rates   2/03/05

  • FEDS Working Paper Published

    The FRB has published a working paper in the FEDS series entitled, “Density Selection and Combination Under Model Ambiguity: An Application to Stock Returns’. Working Paper    2/03/05

  • Counterfeit Money Orders Special Alert

    A Special Alert has been issued by the FDIC regarding counterfeit money orders bearing the name and routing number of Boone Bank & Trust Co., Boone, Iowa. Information concerning the counterfeit money orders has been posted on the BOL Alerts & Counterfeits page.    2/02/05

  • FDIC Updates Insurance Guide and EDIE

    The FDIC has updated The Financial Institution Employee’s Guide to Deposit Insurance and the Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE) System–Banker Version 2.1, both of which can be downloaded from the FDIC’s Web site. Guide; EDIE   2/02/05

  • Fraudulent FDIC Email Phishing Special Alert

    The FDIC has issued a Special Alert regarding emails that are being sent to consumers that appear to be from the FDIC. Consumers are requested to go to a fraudulent Web site is designed to look like a page from the FDIC's authentic Web page, where the individual is then directed to provide sensitive financial and personal information. Phishing Special Alert   2/02/05

  • CRA Ratings Announced

    OTS has announced the CRA performance evaluations for the savings associations that became publicly available during January 2005. CRA Evaluations   2/02/05

  • Winter Edition Of Community Developments Investments Published

    The OCC has published the Winter 2004/2005 edition of Community Developments Investments, which provides a guide for banks interested in creating and operating a CDC within their institutions.Winter 2004 Investments   2/02/05

  • NCUA Issues Examiner Guidance White Paper

    An examiner guidance white paper entitled, “Supervising Community Development Credit Unions – Balancing Their Mission and NCUA’s Regulatory Responsibilities,” has been issued by NCUA. White Paper   2/02/05

  • International Reserve Position

    Treasury has released the U.S. International Reserve Position for the week ending January 28, 2005.
    Reserve Position   2/02/05

  • January Foreign Exchange Rates Released

    The G. 5 foreign exchange rates report for January 2005 has been released by the FRB. G.5   2/02/05

  • Two International Finance Discussion Papers Published

    The FRB has published two working papers in the International Finance Discussion series with the following titles: “An Assessment of the Impact of Japanese Foreign Exchange Intervention: 1991-2004” and “Expansionary Fiscal Shocks and the Trade Deficit”. Assessment; Expansionary   2/02/05

  • CEO Letter Regarding OFAC Blocked Transaction And SARs

    OTS has issued a CEO Letter regarding the previously announced FinCEN interpretive guidance that clarifies that reports filed with OFAC of blocked transactions will fulfill the requirement to file a SAR. Information regarding the guidance was posted December 23, 2004 in BOL Top Stories.
    CEO Letter   2/01/05

  • FDIC ID Theft Symposium Information

    The FDIC has posted on its Web site the agenda and registration information for a ID Theft Symposium, “Fighting Back against Phishing and Account Hijacking”, to be held February 11, 2005 at the AED Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
    Symposium Information

  • Market Financing Estimates Announced

    Treasury has announced its market financing estimates for the first and second quarters of 2005.
    Estimates   2/01/05


Bureau Blog on fair lending compliance

The CFPB Blog features an article reviewing the Bureau's actions to ensure that financial institutions are complying with federal consumer financial laws, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).


Bureau proposes mortgage rule tweaks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced proposed adjustments to its mortgage rules to ensure access to credit. The proposal [85 page PDF] includes two changes that would help certain nonprofit organizations continue to provide mortgage credit and servicing to underserved populations. The proposal also lays out limited circumstances where lenders that exceed the points and fees cap can refund the excess amount to consumers and still have the loan be considered a Qualified Mortgage. The proposal would—

  • Add an alternative definition of a small servicer that would apply to certain 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations so that they can continue to consolidate their servicing activities while maintaining their exemption from some of the servicing rules
  • Amend the ability-to-repay exemption in § 1026.43(a)(3)(v)(D) to allow certain 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to continue to extend interest-free, forgivable loans ("soft seconds") without regard to the 200-loan limit
  • Add new paragraph 1026.43(e)(3)(iii) to provide a limited 120-day post-consummation opportunity for lenders to refund excess points and fees in order to meet Qualified Mortgage requirements, subject to certain policy and procedures requirements

Comments will be accepted for thirty days following publication in the Federal Register.


Cordray on BMO Harris auto lending policy

CFPB Director Cordray issued a statement supporting BMO Harris Bank's plans to pay auto dealers a flat percentage of the loan amount to compensate dealers for originating indirect auto loans.


Fannie and Freddie stress test results

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has released Projections of the Enterprises' Financial Performance, a report providing updated information on possible ranges of future financial results of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under specified scenarios. The report reflects results of stress tests Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are required to conduct under the Dodd-Frank Act.


FDIC weather-related disaster relief guidance

FDIC FIL-22-2014 announces steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and to facilitate recovery in areas of Arkansas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on April 27, 2014:

  • A federal disaster for selected areas in Arkansas was declared on April 29, 2014. Additional designations may be made after damage assessments are completed in the affected areas. A current list of designated areas is available at
  • The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers experiencing difficulties beyond their control because of damage caused by the severe weather.
  • Extending repayment terms, restructuring existing loans, or easing terms for new loans, if done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices, can contribute to the health of the local community and serve the long-term interests of the lending institution.
  • Banks may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.
  • The FDIC also will consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.


First Horizon to pay $110M

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has announced a settlement for $110 million with First Horizon National Corporation, related companies and specifically named individuals. The settlement resolves claims in a Federal court lawsuit alleging First Horizon violated Federal and District of Columbia securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed (PLM) securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during 2005-2007. Pursuant to the agreement, First Horizon will pay $61.6 million to Fannie Mae and $48.4 million to Freddie Mac.


IFR payment agreements status report

An OCC News Release has provided a status report on Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) Payment Agreements that required large mortgage servicers to provide $3.9 billion in payments to 4.4 million eligible borrowers and $6.1 billion in other loss mitigation and foreclosure prevention assistance.


Mercury Network to waive fees

BOL advertiser the Mercury Network has announced it is waiving all transaction fees for Catastrophic Disaster Area Property Inspection Reports in the tornado-impacted areas to help lenders get an assessment of collateral in those areas. With that, closings for unaffected properties can proceed so those local economies move quickly towards recovery. In addition, they have published a relief line for any industry colleagues who may have been directly affected. They can reach out to for supplies and financial help, advises Mercury Network EVP Molly Dowdy.


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