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Counterfeit cashier's checks alert

The OCC has issued an alert concerning counterfeit cashier's checks in circulation purporting to have been issued by The Oculina Bank, Vero Beach, Florida. For details, see our Alert page.


FATF dialogues with private sector

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), civil society, and private sector representatives met in Vienna for a constructive discussion on a range of key issues which included information sharing, correspondent banking, remittances and de-risking. A dialogue was also held on FinTech and RegTech in Vienna as part of the FATF Private Sector Consultative Forum. This dialogue built upon the FATF’s previous engagement with the private sector at sessions held in Paris in February 2017.


FDIC advisory committee on community banking to meet

The FDIC has announced that a meeting of its Advisory Committee on Community Banking will be held on Tuesday, March 28. Senior staff will discuss and provide updates on the FDIC's Community Banking Initiative, Applying for Deposit Insurance: A Handbook for Organizers of De Novo Institutions, credit risk trends and supervisory expectations, and the Youth Savings Pilot and Symposium. There also will be a presentation on the Report to Congress on the Regulatory Review under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA).


OCC schedules directors workshops in Charlotte

The OCC has announced it will host two workshops at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, Charlotte, N.C., April 25-26, for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations supervised by the OCC. The Risk Governance workshop on April 25 combines lectures, discussion, and exercises to provide practical information for directors to effectively measure and manage risks. The Credit Risk workshop on April 26 focuses on credit risk within the loan portfolio, such as identifying trends and recognizing problems.


Agencies evaluate 'living wills' of domestic and foreign banks

The FDIC and the FRB have jointly announced the completion of the 2015 resolution plans of 16 domestic banks and separately issued guidance to four foreign banks. Resolution plans, required by the Dodd-Frank Act and commonly known as living wills, must describe the company's strategy for rapid and orderly resolution under bankruptcy in the event of material financial distress or failure of the company. For foreign banking organizations, resolution plans are focused on their U.S. operations.

The domestic banks evaluated were: American Express Company, Ally Financial Inc., BB&T Corporation, Capital One Financial Corporation, Comerica Incorporated, Discover Financial Services, Fifth Third Bancorp, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, KeyCorp, M&T Bank Corporation, Northern Trust Corporation, Regions Financial Corporation, SunTrust Banks, Inc., The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., U.S. Bancorp, and Zions Bancorporation. The agencies identified shortcomings in Northern Trust Corporation's resolution plan, which must be satisfactorily addressed in the firm's 2017 plan due by December 31.


NCUA posts field-of-membership rule webinar and Q&A

Credit union stakeholders wanting more information about the National Credit Union Administration's new field-of-membership rule can now watch the agency’s webinar online and review its questions and answers.


CFPB complaint against Intercept dismissed

The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota on March 17 granted the defendants' motion to dismiss without prejudice the complaint filed by the CFPB against Intercept Corporation et al. on June 6, 2016. The court found that the CFPB complaint did not contain sufficient factual allegations to back up its statements regarding Intercept's allegedly unlawful acts or missions; failed to sufficiently allege facts tending to show that industry standards were violated; failed to plead facts sufficient to support a legal conclusion that consumers were injured or likely to be injured; and failed to include allegations to support a finding that Intercept interfered with consumers' ability to understand the terms of their dealing with Intercept's clients or to support a finding that Intercept took unlawful advantage of consumers.


New materials on security and design of FR notes

FRB Financial Services has reported that the U.S. Currency Education Program has designed two new materials to help you and your customers become familiar with the security and design features of Federal Reserve notes. Both materials are provided free of charge.


SEC shortens broker-dealer securities settlement cycle

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the adoption of an amendment to shorten by one business day the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions. Currently, the standard settlement cycle for these transactions is three business days, known as T+3. The amended rule, effective September 5, 2017, shortens the settlement cycle to two business days, T+2.


Gruenberg: projected DIF losses, income and reserve ratios

FDIC Chairman Gruenberg issued an update on projected losses, income and reserve ratios for the Deposit Insurance Fund restoration plan. The DIF balance rose to $83.2 billion at year-end 2016, an increase of $10.6 billion over the year. The fund's reserve ratio at December 31 stood at 1.20 percent, the highest ratio in nine years. The FDIC staff currently projects that the reserve ratio should reach a target of 1.35 percent in 2018, about two years ahead of the statutory deadline.


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