Federal Reserve

Agencies Publish Rule Excluding Community Banks from Volcker Rule

 

On July 9, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a final rule that excludes community banks from the Volcker Rule, which restricts banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from owning, sponsoring or having certain relationships with hedge funds or private equity funds. Under the final rule that was adopted, community banks with $10 billion or less in total consolidated assets, and which have total trading assets and liabilities that are 5% or less than such community bank’s total consolidated assets, will be excluded from the Volcker Rule.

 

OCC, Federal Reserve and FDIC Propose Revised Capital and Liquidity Framework for Foreign Banking Organizations

 

On May 24, the OCC, Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would establish a revised framework for determining capital and liquidity requirements for large foreign banking organizations. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by June 21. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Consumers Slightly Less Optimistic about Personal Finances and the Economy

 

On February 11, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data released the January 2019 Survey of Consumer Expectations, which shows that while short- and medium- term inflation expectations were unchanged, households were generally less optimistic about the economy and about future changes in their financial situation. Release.

Federal Reserve Board Identifies Error in Historical Dataset Used in Its 2019 Stress Tests and Issues Correction

 

On February 13, the Federal Reserve identified an error in the historical dataset used in its 2019 stress tests and issued a correction. The mortgage rate in the fourth quarter of 2018 was originally published as 4.6 percent and should have been 4.8 percent. All other variables, both their historical values and projected values in the hypothetical scenarios, are unchanged. The scenarios are not forecasts of the Federal Reserve. Release.

Federal Reserve Board Releases Scenarios for 2019 Stress Test Exercises

 

On February 5, the Federal Reserve Board and Office of Comptroller of Currency released the stress scenarios for the 2019 stress test cycle for domestic bank holding companies and foreign bank intermediate bank holding companies with more than $100 billion in total consolidated assets. Banks are required to submit the results of their stress tests to the Federal Reserve by April 5, and the Federal Reserve will release results of its supervisory stress tests by June 30. The Federal Reserve Board announced that banks with consolidated assets between $100 and $250 billion will be relieved from the 2019 cycle. Release.

Federal Reserve Board Requests Comment on Package of Proposals that would Increase the Transparency of its Stress Testing Program

On December 7, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board requested comment on a package of proposals that would increase the transparency of its stress testing program.  The proposed enhanced disclosures have three components: (1) enhanced descriptions of supervisory models, including key variables; (2) modeled loss rates on loans grouped by important risk characteristics and summary statistics associated with the loans in each group; and (3) portfolios of hypothetical loans and the estimated loss rates associated with the loans in each portfolio.  Comments on the measures will be accepted through January 22, 2018. Press Release.

Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Extension of Certain Capital Rule Transitions

 

On November 21, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency “finalized a rule for certain banking organizations by extending the existing capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets and certain other items.”  These changes will be put into effect on January 1, 2018. FDIC Release. Federal Reserve Release. OCC release.