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03/27/2020

FDIC issues COVID-19-related FILs

The FDIC issued four COVID-19-related Financial Institution Letters yesterday.

  • FIL-25-2020: Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During the COVID-19 Response Efforts
  • FIL-26-2020: Statement encouraging responsible small dollar lending to consumers and small businesses in response to COVID-19
  • FIL-27-2020: Temporary alternative procedures for sending supervision-related mail and email to FDIC
  • FIL-28-2020: 30 day grace period for First Quarter Call Report

03/27/2020

First quarter SCOOS posted

The March 2020 Senior Credit Officer Opinion Survey (SCOOS) on Dealer Financing Terms has been posted by the Federal Reserve Board. It collected qualitative information on changes over the previous three months in credit terms and conditions in securities financing and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. In addition to the core questions, the survey included a set of special questions related to bifurcation of spreads in corporate bond and collateralized loan obligations markets during the second half of 2019. The 22 institutions participating in the survey account for almost all dealer financing of dollar-denominated securities to nondealers and are the most active intermediaries in OTC derivatives markets. The survey was conducted during the period between February 11, 2020, and February 25, 2020, and closed before the recent period of high market volatility related to COVID-19. The core questions asked about changes between December 2019 and February 2020.

03/27/2020

Regulators encourage making small-dollar loans in response to COVID-19

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve, CFPB, FDIC, NCUA, and the OCC issued a joint statement encouraging banks, savings associations and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumers and small businesses in response to COVID-19. The statement of the agencies recognizes that responsible small-dollar loans can play an important role in meeting customers' credit needs because of temporary cash-flow imbalances, unexpected expenses, or income disruptions during periods of economic stress or disaster recoveries. Such loans can be offered through a variety of structures including open-end lines of credit, closed-end installment loans, or appropriately structured single payment loans.

In addition to yesterday's statement, the agencies are working on future guidance and lending principles for responsible small-dollar loans to facilitate the ability of banks, credit unions, and saving associations to more effectively meet the ongoing credit needs of their customers, members, and communities.

03/27/2020

Bureau extends comment period on FDCPA proposal

On March 3, 2020, the CFPB published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requesting comment on a proposal to amend Regulation F, which implements the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to require debt collector to make certain disclosures when collecting time-barred debts (see our earlier Top Story). The comment period was set to close on May 4, 2020. The Bureau has published a notice in the March 27, 2020, Federal Register extending the comment period through June 5, 2020.

03/26/2020

Agencies to host webinar on working with COVID-19-affected customers

The FDIC has issued FIL-24-2020 announcing it will jointly host with the Federal Reserve, OCC, NCUA and CFPB a 45-minute webinar for bankers to raise awareness of the Interagency Statement on Loan Modifications and Reporting for Financial Institutions Working with Customers Affected by the Coronavirus. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

03/26/2020

House prices increase

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has reported that U.S. house prices rose in January, up 0.3 percent from the previous month, according to the FHFA House Price Index. House prices rose 5.2 percent from January 2019 to January 2020. The previously reported 0.6 percent increase for December 2019 was revised upward to 0.7 percent. For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly house price changes from December 2019 to January 2020 ranged from -0.2 percent in the Mountain division to +0.7 percent in the South Atlantic divisions. The 12-month changes were all positive, ranging from +4.1 percent in the Middle Atlantic division to +6.4 percent in the South Atlantic division.

03/26/2020

$40M in HUD grants to fight housing discrimination

HUD has awarded $40 million to fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act and help end housing discrimination. The grants are being awarded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on fair housing laws.

03/25/2020

CFPB lists COVID-19 protection resources for consumers

03/25/2020

Fed adjusting supervision in light of COVID-19

The Federal Reserve Board has provided additional information to financial institutions on how its supervisory approach is adjusting in light of the coronavirus pandemic, issuing a Statement on Supervisory Activities. In particular:

  • The Federal Reserve will focus on monitoring and outreach to help financial institutions of all sizes understand the challenges and risks of the current environment;
  • To minimize disruption and to focus on outreach and monitoring, the Federal Reserve will temporarily reduce its examination activities, with the greatest reduction in activities occurring at the smallest banks;
  • Large banks should still submit their capital plans that they have developed as part of the Board's Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR, by April 6. The plans will be used to monitor how firms are managing their capital in the current environment; and
  • To allow firms to focus on heightened risks in this current environment and assist consumers, additional time will be granted for resolving non-critical existing supervisory findings.

The Board recognizes that the current situation is significantly affecting areas of the country in different ways and will work with financial institutions to understand the specific issues they are facing.

03/25/2020

Fannie and Freddie prevent more foreclosures

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released its fourth quarter 2019 Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report, which shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 25,930 foreclosure prevention actions in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing to 4.407 million the number of troubled homeowners who have been helped during the conservatorships of the Enterprises. The report also shows that nearly 40 percent of loan modifications completed in the fourth quarter reduced borrowers' monthly payments by more than 20 percent. The Enterprises' serious delinquency rate remained unchanged from the third quarter at 0.65 percent at the end of the fourth quarter. This compares with 3.47 percent for FHA loans, 1.92 percent for VA loans and 1.76 percent for all loans (industry average). The report also showed a jump in refinances from the third quarter of 540,578 to 728,842 in the fourth quarter.

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