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10/18/2019

Preparing for LIBOR's end

The CFPB has posted a consumer-oriented article discussing the expected discontinuation of LIBOR sometime after 2021. The change will affect some adjustable (or variable) rate loans and lines of credit like adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), reverse mortgages, home equity lines of credit, credit cards, auto loans, student loans, and any other personal loans that use LIBOR as a variable rate index.

10/18/2019

G.17 Industrial production and capacity utilization

The Federal Reserve Board has released its G.17 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization September 2019 data. Industrial production fell back 0.4 percent in September after advancing 0.8 percent in August. For the third quarter, industrial production rose at an annual rate of 1.2 percent following declines of about 2 percent in both the first and the second quarters. Manufacturing production decreased 0.5 percent in September, with output reduced by the General Motors strike. Excluding motor vehicles and parts, the overall index and the manufacturing index each moved down 0.2 percent. Mining production fell 1.3 percent, while utilities output rose 1.4 percent. At 109.5 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 0.1 percent lower in September than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector decreased 0.4 percentage point in September to 77.5 percent, a rate that is 2.3 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2018) average.

10/17/2019

Proposed policy statement on allowances for credit losses

The OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, and NCUA have published [84 FR 55510] in today's Federal Register a proposed interagency policy statement and request for comment on Allowances for Credit Losses. The statement describes the measurement of expected credit losses under the current expected credit losses (CECL) methodology and the accounting for impairment on available-for-sale (AFS) debt securities in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 326; supervisory expectations for designing, documenting, and validating expected credit loss estimation processes, including the internal controls over these processes; maintaining appropriate ACLs; the responsibilities of boards of directors and management; and examiner reviews of ACLs.

Comments on the proposed policy statement must be received by December 16, 2019.

10/17/2019

October Beige Book published

The October 16, 2019, edition of the Beige Book has been published by the Federal Reserve Board. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by District and sector eight times each year. An overall summary of the twelve district reports is prepared by a designated Federal Reserve Bank on a rotating basis. This month's summary was prepared by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, based on information gathered before October 7, 2019.

  • Overall Economic Activity - The U.S. economy expanded at a slight to modest pace since the September report as business activity varied across the country.
  • Employment and Wages - On balance, employment rose slightly amid reports of persistent worker shortages.
  • Prices - Most Reserve Bank districts characterized the recent pace of price increases as modest. Both retailers and manufacturers noted rising input costs, often for items subject to new tariffs, but retailers had relatively more success passing through these cost increases to their customers.

10/16/2019

CFPB 2019 Annual Report on Student Loans

The CFPB has announced that its Private Education Loan Ombudsman has issued the 2019 Annual Report showing that from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2019 the Bureau handled approximately 20,600 complaints related to private or federal student loans. Of these, there were approximately 6,700 private student loan complaints and 13,900 federal student loan complaints. The report also provides policymakers with a series of recommendations.

10/15/2019

Citibank fined $30 million for OREO violations

The OCC announced on Friday a $30 million civil money penalty against Citibank, N.A., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for violations related to the holding period for other real estate owned (OREO). Although the bank has repeatedly committed to implementing corrective actions, it has failed to do so, and violations have continued to occur.

For additional information, see "Citibank pays $30 million for OREO violations," in BankersOnline's Penalty pages.

10/11/2019

CFPB issues final HMDA rule for relief to smaller institutions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced its approval of a rule that finalizes certain aspects of its May 2019 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). It extends for two years the current temporary threshold for collecting and reporting data about open-end lines of credit under HMDA. The rule also clarifies partial exemptions from certain HMDA requirements that Congress added in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA).

The rule will be effective in two stages, on January 1, 2020, and January 1, 2022.

The CFPB intends to issue a separate final rule next year addressing changes to the permanent thresholds for closed-end and open-end transactions.

10/11/2019

FDIC guidance for institutions affected by Tropical Storm Imelda

The FDIC has posted FIL-56-2019, which provides guidance on steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and facilitate recovery in areas of Texas affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

10/11/2019

Fed announces intent to ban California banker

The Federal Reserve Board announced yesterday it has filed a Notice of Intent to prohibit and to issue a cease and desist order requiring restitution or reimbursement against Mai Ly-Vu, a former branch manager and vice president of Pacific Premier Bank, Irvine, California. If finalized, the Fed would ban her from the banking industry and require her to pay $18,700 in restitution to the bank. Ly-Vu is alleged to have engaged in unsafe or unsound banking practices and breach of fiduciary duty by failing to disclose her personal financial interests in extensions of credit by the bank to companies owned by her husband and other members of her immediate family.

10/10/2019

$112M available for housing for disabled

HUD has announced that $112 million is available to expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for very low-income persons with disabilities through its Section 811 Program - traditional Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities and Section 811 Project Rental Assistance. The available funding includes $75 million in capital advances for the development of new supportive housing for this vulnerable population.

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