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  • Federal Reserve meeting to consider proposed overhaul of Volcker Rule set for May 30

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 23, the Federal Reserve Board issued a notice announcing it will meet on May 30 to consider a proposal to modify the Volcker Rule. Section 13 of the Banking Holding Company Act currently restricts banks from engaging in proprietary trading and restricts their ownership of certain funds. As previously discussed in InfoBytes, last month the House passed the “Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act,” which, among other things, would provide clear exemptions for banking entities with $10 billion or less in consolidated assets or those comprised of five percent or less of trading assets and liabilities. A similar exemption is also included in the bipartisan Senate financial regulatory reform bill, S.2155, which was signed by President Trump on May 24. (See InfoBytes coverage on S.2155 here.)

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Federal Reserve Volcker Rule Bank Holding Company Act

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  • CFPB updates TRID Small Entity Compliance Guide and Guide to Forms

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 15, the CFPB released the 2018 updated versions of the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule Small Entity Compliance Guide (versions 4.1 and 5.2) and Guide to Forms (versions 1.5 and 2.1). Because the optional compliance period with the 2017 TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID) extends through October 1, the CFPB updated both versions of each guide. Additionally, all four versions are updated with the 2018 TRID changes (covered by InfoBytes here), which will become effective prior to the end of the 2017 optional compliance period.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance TRID Mortgages Mortgage Origination Regulation X Regulation Z Consumer Finance CFPB

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  • Federal banking agencies seek comments on proposal to revise regulatory capital rules

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 14, the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, and OCC published a joint notice and request for comment on a proposal to revise regulatory capital rules to, among other things, identify which credit loss allowances are “eligible for inclusion in regulatory capital” under changes made to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP), described within Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13 (ASU 2016-13). The proposed rulemaking would provide (i) banking organizations subject to the agencies’ regulatory capital rules with “the option to phase in the day-one adverse effects on regulatory capital that may result from the adoption of the new accounting standard;” (ii) amendments to certain regulatory disclosure requirements to reflect applicable changes to U.S. GAAP covered under ASU 2016-13; (iii) amendments to stress testing regulations, which would grant covered banking organizations that have adopted ASU 2016-13 an extension until the 2020 stress test cycle to “include the effect of ASU 2016-13 on their provisioning for purposes of stress testing;” and (iv) conforming amendments to other regulations referencing credit loss allowances. Comments must be submitted by July 13.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Federal Reserve FDIC OCC GAAP

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  • OCC updates Comptroller’s Handbook to include Military Lending Act booklet

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 11, the OCC issued the “Military Lending Act” (MLA) booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. According to the announcement, the booklet reflects the 2015 Department of Defense amendments, as well as the interpretive guidance published in 2016 and updated in 2017 (covered by InfoBytes here and here), and applies to the examinations of OCC-supervised institutions that establish consumer credit products covered by the MLA. The booklet includes, among other things, (i) rules for determining fees and charges included in the calculation of the military annual percentage rate (MAPR); (ii) rules for calculating the MAPR; (iii) required disclosures to be provided to covered borrowers; and (iv) consumer credit limitations for covered borrowers.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance OCC Military Lending Act Comptroller's Handbook Department of Defense

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  • FDIC issues regulatory relief guidance for financial institutions in areas of Alabama affected by severe storms

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 4, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter, FIL-24-2018, to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and facilitate recovery in areas of Alabama affected by severe storms and tornados. The FDIC is encouraging institutions to consider, among other things, extending repayment terms and restructure existing loans that may be affected by the natural disasters. Additionally, the FDIC notes that institutions may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration for certain development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery. The FDIC letter also contemplates regulatory relief for banks located in the affected areas.

    Find continuing InfoBytes coverage on Disaster Relief here.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Disaster Relief Mortgages CRA FDIC

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  • FDIC proposes information collection renewal for appraisal management companies

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On May 2, the FDIC published a notice and request for comment in the Federal Register regarding the renewal of an existing information collection on the minimum requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs). According to the notice, there is no significant change in the methodology or substance of the information collection; however, burden estimates for states and AMCs have been revised to include (i) “AMC Written Notice of Appraiser Removal from Network or Panel;” (ii) “Develop and Maintain a State Licensing Program;” (iii) “AMC Reporting Requirements (State and Federal AMCs);” and (iv) “State Reporting Requirements to the Appraisal Subcommittee.” The notice requests comment on, among other things, whether the information collection is necessary and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on the respondents. Comments are due by July 2.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance FDIC Appraisal Federal Register

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  • FHFA issues guidance for assessing mortgage asset credit risk

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On April 25, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued advisory bulletin AB 2018-02 to provide guidance for Federal Home Loan Banks (FHL Banks) on the use of models and methodologies when assessing mortgage asset credit risk. The advisory bulletin applies to FHL Banks that acquire Acquired Member Asset loans, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and collateralized mortgage obligations. Exclusions from application of the guidance include certain mortgage-related assets that are guaranteed by, or operating with the capital support of, the U.S. government, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. When selecting a credit risk model that is “sufficiently robust to produce meaningful loss estimates,” FHFA advises FHL Banks to consider the following when complying with regulatory requirements: (i) mortgage asset credit risk model selection; (ii) macroeconomic stress scenarios; (iii) stress scenario determinations; and (iv) credit enhancements. The guidance permits the exclusion of legacy private label MBS from application of the guidance where the stress loss estimates would be de minimis, and provides methods for determining estimated credit losses associated with securities that cannot be modeled.

    The new guidance supplements general FHFA guidance on model risk management and takes effect January 1, 2019.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance FHFA Mortgages FHLB MBS

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  • NCUA issues final rule regarding capital planning and stress testing

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On April 25, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued a final rule in the Federal Register amending its capital planning and stress testing regulations for federally insured credit unions with assets of at least $10 billion after considering comments received following a notice for proposed changes last October. (See previous InfoBytes coverage here.) Among other things, the final rule reduces regulatory burden and improves efficiency by allowing covered credit unions to conduct their own stress tests in accordance with NCUA requirements and report the results in their capital plan submissions. The final rule is effective June 1.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance NCUA Stress Test

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  • Federal Reserve requests comments on proposal addressing capital plan and stress test rules

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On April 25, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) published a request for comments in the Federal Register on a proposal to amend the Fed’s capital plan rule, capital rule, and stress testing rules by integrating the rules to simplify the capital regime. Under the proposed rule, a financial institution’s required stress capital buffer and stress leverage buffer would be established by the Fed’s supervisory stress test. The stress capital buffer requirement would replace the existing, static 2.5 percent of risk-weighted assets portion of the capital conservation buffer requirement under the standardized approach of the capital rule. The proposal—which would take effect December 31 with financial institutions’ first set of buffer requirements generally going into effect on October 1, 2019—would apply to bank holding companies with total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more, as well as U.S. intermediate holding companies of foreign banking organizations established pursuant to the Fed’s Regulation YY. Community banks, state member banks or saving and loan companies, and bank holding companies that do not meet the required asset threshold would be exempt. All comments must be received by June 25.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Federal Reserve Federal Register Stress Test

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  • OCC updates Comptroller’s Handbook to include recovery planning standards for large financial institutions

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On April 26, the OCC released the “Recovery Planning” booklet as part of its Comptroller’s Handbook. The booklet explains the purpose of effective recovery planning and provides guidance for OCC examiners to use when assessing the “appropriateness and adequacy of [a] covered bank’s recovery planning process and the integration of that process into the covered bank’s overall risk governance framework.” According to the OCC, unless determined otherwise, a bank is subject to the Recovery Planning guidelines if the bank has average total consolidated assets of (i) $50 billion or more; (ii) less than $50 billion, if the bank was previously a covered bank; or (iii) less than $50 billion, if the OCC determines that the bank is highly complex or otherwise presents a heightened risk. Recovery plans are designed to identify triggers and options for responding to a range of “severe internal and external stress scenarios” for the purpose of timely restoring financial strength and viability, and should, among other things, include measures to reduce risk as well as strategies to develop and maintain plans specific and appropriate to the size and complexity of the covered bank. The booklet states that recovery plans “may not assume or rely on any extraordinary government support.”

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance OCC Comptroller's Handbook Risk Management

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