Federal Reserve Board Seeks Public Comment on the Application of Enhanced Prudential Standards to General Electric Capital Corporation

On November 25, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) released proposed enhanced prudential standards and reporting requirements to be applied to General Electric Capital Corporation (“GECC”) and requested public comment on the application thereof.  GECC is designated by the Financial Stability Oversight Counsel as a non-bank systemically important financial institution that needs to be supervised by the Board and be subject to enhanced prudential standards similar to those applicable to certain bank holding companies.  Release.

FINRA and MSRB Release Proposals to Provide Pricing Reference Information for Investors in Fixed Income Markets

On November 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) released companion proposals that would require disclosure of pricing reference information on customer confirmations for transactions in fixed income securities. The proposals are substantially similar, but seek input on factors unique to the corporate and municipal bond markets.

Under the two proposals, bond dealers in retail-sized fixed income transactions would be required to disclose on the customer’s confirmation the price of certain same-day principal trades in the same security, as well as the difference between this reference price and the customer’s priceNews Release.

SEC Adopts Rules to Improve Systems Compliance and Integrity Rules to Strengthen Technology Infrastructure of Securities Markets

On November 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to adopt new rules designed to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the U.S. securities markets. The rules – together comprising Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Regulation SCI) – impose requirements on certain key market participants intended to reduce the occurrence of systems issues and improve resiliency when systems problems do occur.  ReleaseRuleSEC Staff Guidance.

SEC Releases Accounting Bulletin to Update Guidance on Pushdown Accounting

On November 18, the SEC released a Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) to rescind portions of the interpretive guidance included in its SAB Series for what is known as pushdown accounting. The new bulletin brings existing guidance into conformity with Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-17 – Business Combinations (Topic 805).  ReleaseBulletin.

Agencies Propose Technical Corrections and Clarifications to the Capital Rules Applicable to Advanced Approaches Banking Organizations

On November 18, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC and the OCC proposed clarifications to the revised regulatory capital rules adopted by the agencies in July 2013. The proposal applies to large internationally active banking organizations that currently determine their regulatory capital ratios under the advanced approaches rule.  Release.

FDIC Releases Technical Assistance Video on CFPB Mortgage Rules

November 19, the FDIC announced the release of the first in a series of three new technical assistance videos developed to assist bank employees in meeting regulatory requirements.  The new videos will address compliance with certain mortgage rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  ReleaseVideo Series.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce CEO of Joint Securitization Entity and Enter Into Governance and Operating Agreements

On November 3, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac jointly announced the first CEO of Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS), which was established by the companies to design, develop, build and operate the Common Securitization Platform, a new secondary mortgage market infrastructure.  Additionally, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac entered into governance and operating agreements for CSS.  Release.