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12/01/2020

LIBOR transition statement issued

The Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, and the OCC have issued a statement encouraging banks to cease entering into new contracts that use USD LIBOR as a reference rate as soon as practicable and in any event by December 31, 2021, in order to facilitate an orderly—and safe and sound— LIBOR transition.

12/01/2020

Fed lending programs extended through first quarter

Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board have announced an extension of four of the Fed's credit facilities through March 31, 2021:

  • Commercial Paper Funding Facility
  • Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility
  • Primary Dealer Credit Facility
  • Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility

12/01/2020

HUD awards $54.7M in new rental grants for low-income persons

HUD has announced the awarding of over $54.7 million in capital advance and project rental assistance grants to 15 organizations, to expand the supply of affordable rental housing for extremely low-income persons with disabilities. The capital advance awards will support integrated affordable housing by providing funding for the development of permanent supportive rental housing through it’s Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.

12/01/2020

Revisions to small business size standards proposed

The SBA is requesting public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors to increase small business eligibility for SBA’s loan and contracting programs. The NAICS sectors reviewed in the proposed rule are: Education Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Services; and Other Services. SBA proposes to increase size standards for 70 industries in those sectors.

Comments on the proposal will be accepted through January 26, 2021.

12/01/2020

FDIC and OCC list CRA exam schedules

The FDIC and the OCC have issued their respective schedules for CRA examinations during the first and second quarters of 2021.

12/01/2020

Bureau no-action letter issued

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced it has granted a no-action letter to Upstart Network, Inc., regarding its automated model for underwriting and pricing applications for unsecured closed-end loans.

12/01/2020

Fed CRA ratings for October and November

Our review of the Federal Reserve Board's archive of CRA evaluation ratings indicates that in the months of October and November, 2020, the Federal Reserve Banks made public 21 ratings. Of the Federal Reserve member banks listed, one received a "Needs to Improve" rating, 17 were rated "Satisfactory," and these three banks received ratings of "Outstanding" (links are to the banks' evaluations):

11/30/2020

Revised Reg F published

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its previously-announced final rule revising Regulation F, which implements the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, at 85 FR 76734 of today's Federal Register. The rule will become effective one year from today.

11/25/2020

OCC issues proposed CRA General Performance Standards

The OCC is inviting comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the Community Reinvestment Act’s (CRA) general performance standards. The OCC published a final rule in June 2020 to strengthen and modernize the agency’s regulations under the CRA to encourage banks to engage in more activities to serve the needs of their communities, particularly low- and moderate-income and other historically underserved communities.

The proposal released yesterday provides the OCC’s proposed approach to determine the CRA evaluation measure benchmarks, retail lending distribution test thresholds, and community development minimums under the general performance standards set forth in the 2020 final rule. The proposal also explains how the OCC would assess significant declines in CRA activities levels in connection with performance context following the initial establishment of the benchmarks, minimums, and thresholds. Finally, the proposed rule would make clarifying and technical amendments to the 2020 final rule.

Comments on the proposal will be accepted for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

11/25/2020

FHFA announces conforming loan limits

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2021. In most of the U.S., the 2021 maximum conforming loan limit (CLL) for one-unit properties will be $548,250, an increase from $510,400 in 2020.

For areas in which 115 percent of the local median home value exceeds the baseline CLL, the maximum loan limit will be higher than the baseline loan limit. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act establishes the maximum loan limit in those areas as a multiple of the area median home value, while setting a “ceiling" on that limit of 150 percent of the baseline loan limit. Median home values generally increased in high-cost areas in 2020, driving up the maximum loan limits in many areas. The new ceiling loan limit for one-unit properties in most high-cost areas will be $822,375 — or 150 percent of $548,250.

Special statutory provisions establish different loan limit calculations for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In these areas, the baseline loan limit will be $822,375 for one-unit properties.

As a result of generally rising home values, the increase in the baseline loan limit, and the increase in the ceiling loan limit, the maximum CLL will be higher in 2021 in all but 18 counties or county equivalents in the U.S.

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