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06/02/2020

Webinar on re-proposed Enterprises capital rule announced

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it will host a webinar on the re-proposed capital rule for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) on June 4 from 2 – 3 pm. EDT. The webinar is open to the public, media, stakeholders, and market participants. The rule, which was released on May 20, is designed to strengthen the Enterprises so they can serve the mortgage market and help low- and moderate- income households access credit during good times and bad. Online registration is required.

06/02/2020

Agencies publish guidance on credit losses and risk review

The interagency guidance documents on credit losses and risk review announced on May 8 (see our May 11 Top Story) were published and became available on June 1, 2020.

  • Interagency Policy Statement on Allowances for Credit Losses -- 85 FR 32991
  • Interagency Guidance on Credit Risk Review Systems -- 85 FR 33278

06/01/2020

FDIC issues July–December CRA exam schedule

The FDIC has issued its lists of institutions scheduled for a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examination during the third and fourth quarter 2020.

CRA examinations are scheduled based on an institution's asset size and CRA rating. Without reasonable cause, an institution with $250 million or less in assets and a CRA rating of Satisfactory can be subject to a CRA examination no more frequently than once every 48 months, and an institution with $250 million or less in assets and a CRA rating of Outstanding can be subject to a CRA examination no more frequently than once every 60 months.

06/01/2020

Survey of senior financial officers on reserves management

The Federal Reserve Board has posted the results of its most recent survey of senior financial officers (SFOS) at banks about their strategies and practices for managing reserve balances, which was conducted between January 31 and February 14, 2020. The questions in the survey focused on gaining updated information on banks’ demand for reserves and additional information on banks’ engagement in money market activity under three different conditions. The survey:

  1. Asked respondents to identify the lowest level of reserve balances that they would be comfortable holding before they began taking active steps to maintain or increase their position
  2. Asked whether respondents preferred to hold a minimum end-of-day reserve level in January 2020 that was different from their lowest comfortable level of reserves
  3. Asked respondents to indicate the level of reserves above which the risk-adjusted returns of other high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) relative to the interest on excess reserves (IOER) rate would be the primary factor in their willingness to convert additional reserves into other HQLA

The next part of the survey explored respondents’ ability and willingness to lend in overnight wholesale markets (both secured and unsecured). It also asked respondents to elaborate on the factors behind these decisions, the kinds of instruments they used, and the expected risk- adjusted returns relative to the IOER rate at which they were willing to engage in such activity.

06/01/2020

OCC finalizes 'valid when made' rule

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks issued a statement on Friday regarding the OCC's final rule, issued on Friday to clarify that when a national bank or savings association sells, assigns, or otherwise transfers a loan, interest permissible before the transfer continues to be permissible after the transfer. Approving the rule was one of Brooks's first official acts as Acting Comptroller.

The OCC's press release on the final rule explains that the rule was issued following recent developments, including a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC), which had created legal uncertainty regarding the effect of a transfer on a loan’s permissible interest rate. The final rule addresses this legal uncertainty by clarifying and reaffirming the long-standing understanding that a bank may transfer a loan without affecting the permissible interest term.

The rule applies to loans made by national banks and federal savings associations and will become effective 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

PUBLICATION UPDATE: Scheduled for Federal Register publication on June 2, 2020, with an effective date of August 3, 2020.

05/29/2020

New LIBOR transition resources from Enterprises

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have launched new websites that provide key resources for lenders and investors as the Enterprises transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). LIBOR is expected to stop being published at the end of 2021. The Enterprises’ LIBOR Transition websites contain information about resources and products, including the Enterprises’ jointly published LIBOR Transition Playbook and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

05/29/2020

$10B of PPP reserved for CDFIs

The SBA, in consultation with Treasury, has announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

05/29/2020

Fed Board announces prohibition orders

The Federal Reserve Board has announced two enforcement actions, each resulting in consent orders of prohibition.

  • A former employee of Regions Bank, Birmingham, Alabama, was prohibited from employment or any other affiliation with any depository institution after he was found guilty of having fraudulently withdrawn over $100,000 from bank customer accounts and used them to pay off a private mortgage held by another bank customer.
  • Two former employees of Evolve Bank & Trust, Memphis, Tennessee, were issued a prohibition order for engaging in unsafe and unsound practices while running a loan production office.

05/28/2020

Boston Fed releases Main Street Lending Program info

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has released information, forms and an FAQ on its Main Street Lending Program, designed to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Program, which the Boston Fed is administering on behalf of the Federal Reserve System, is expected to launch shortly. It will operate through three facilities: the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF), and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF). Links to instructions and all the forms lenders need to participate in the Program are included in the Boston Fed's press release.

05/28/2020

OCC CRA evaluation schedule

The OCC has released its schedule of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) evaluations to be conducted in the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

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