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Did Congress Release Nearly All Banks from the Volcker Rule?

January 9, 2019

Authors

Robert Klingler

Did Congress Release Nearly All Banks from the Volcker Rule?

January 9, 2019

by: Robert Klingler

Yes.  

The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) provided significant regulatory relief for community banks, including broad relief from the Volcker Rule’s prohibition on proprietary trading and investments in covered funds. As previously discussed, Section 203 of EGRRCPA provided an exemption from the Volcker Rule for institutions that are less than $10 billion and whose total trading assets and liabilities are not more than 5% of total consolidated assets. The exemption provides complete relief from the Volcker Rule by exempting such depository institutions from the definition of “banking entity” for purposes of the Volcker Rule.

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A Holiday Buffet of Banking News

December 28, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

A Holiday Buffet of Banking News

December 28, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

On December 27th, Jonathan and I returned to the studio to record the latest podcast for The Bank Account. We haven’t discussed New Year’s Resolutions, but we’ll try to return to a little more normalcy in 2019!

For those that have missing our voices, (a) please seek help… that’s not normal and (b) we were also recently guests on the ABA Banking Journal Podcast.

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CFPB Director Kraninger – 2019 Listening Tour and Bureau Priorities

December 27, 2018

Authors

Douglas Thompson

CFPB Director Kraninger – 2019 Listening Tour and Bureau Priorities

December 27, 2018

by: Douglas Thompson

On December 11, 2018 Kathleen Kraninger, the new Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, held a media conference. She introduced herself and answered media questions. Subsequent headlines have focused on among other things: (a) whether she would simply follow the recent course set by her predecessor Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, and (b) whether the Bureau’s recent name change would stick. Director Kraninger’s comments appeared to signal accountability, independence and curiosity. The impact on regulated institutions in 2019 and beyond remains to unfold. Here are some developments to watch in 2019.

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Regulators Propose Community Bank Leverage Ratio Framework

November 28, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

Regulators Propose Community Bank Leverage Ratio Framework

November 28, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

On November 21, 2018, the Federal Reserve, Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC jointly published a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”) to provide an alternative capital system for qualifying banking organizations.  Specifically, the regulators have proposed a new, alternative, simplified capital regime for qualifying institutions that will deem an institution to be well-capitalized so long as it maintains a leverage ratio of at least 9% and adequately capitalized so long as it maintains a leverage ratio of at least 7.5%.

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Basel III Treatment of DTAs and MSAs

October 9, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Basel III Treatment of DTAs and MSAs

October 9, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

We have heard, read and seen (and internally had) some confusion regarding the joint proposed rulemaking regarding the potential simplification of the capital rules as they relate to Mortgage Servicing Assets (MSAs) and certain Deferred Tax Assets (DTAs).

In addition to simply being complicated regulations, the regulators also have two proposed rulemakings outstanding related to these items. In August 2017,

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The CFPB Proposes Ambitious Payday Lending Regulations

June 6, 2016

Authors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

The CFPB Proposes Ambitious Payday Lending Regulations

June 6, 2016

by: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

On June 2, 2016, the CFPB released its long-awaited proposed regulations for payday loans, vehicle title and certain high-cost installment loans.  Comments on the proposed rules must be received on or before September 14, 2016.

While most payday lenders would need to make significant changes to their products and practices under the proposed rules, the final rules could well be delayed though legal challenges in court.  The scope of the proposal is extraordinary, even requiring a new credit reporting system, that would need to be built, to facilitate the ability-to-repay requirements of the proposal.  The CFPB is relying on

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The New Deposit Insurance Proposal

June 18, 2015

Authors

Jonathan Hightower

The New Deposit Insurance Proposal

June 18, 2015

by: Jonathan Hightower

A Quick Overview and a Note on Construction Lending

On June 16, 2015, the FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise its calculations for deposit insurance assessments for banks with under $10 billion in assets (excluding de novo banks and foreign branches).  The rules would go into effect the quarter after they are finalized but by their terms would not be applicable until after the designated reserve ratio of the Deposit Insurance Fund reaches 1.15%.

At almost 150 pages, there are many facets to the proposed rule that must be carefully

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Speculation Abounds on CFPB’s Next Step on Arbitration Clauses

April 7, 2015

Authors

Seyi Iwarere

Speculation Abounds on CFPB’s Next Step on Arbitration Clauses

April 7, 2015

by: Seyi Iwarere

You might have seen it this March in the New York Times: an article about American troops having their vehicles repossessed by auto lenders while on active duty, and the troops being unable to fight repossession in court because of mandatory arbitration clauses  in their lending contracts.

The poignant story on vets and car repossession is just one piece in the ongoing discussion about what actions the CFPB will take regarding provisions in consumer contracts limiting the consumer to arbitration in the event of a future dispute, referred to as “pre-dispute arbitration clauses.” Under Section 1028 of Dodd-Frank, the

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FinCEN’s Beneficial Owner Proposal Conflicts with FCRA

April 2, 2015

Authors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

FinCEN’s Beneficial Owner Proposal Conflicts with FCRA

April 2, 2015

by: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

On August 4, 2014, FinCEN released proposed rules that would require banks and certain other financial institutions to identify the “beneficial owners” of their business entity customers and to verify the identity of each such beneficial owner (the “Proposal”).  If the Proposal results in final rules that are substantially identical to the proposed rules, financial institutions might be unable to comply without violating the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).

Under the Proposal, “beneficial owners” would generally include at least one manager of the entity and each individual owning 25% or more of the entity.  This could mean up to

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How Well Do I Know You – Let Me Count the Ways

August 21, 2014

Authors

Jerry Blanchard

How Well Do I Know You – Let Me Count the Ways

August 21, 2014

by: Jerry Blanchard

FinCen Updates Customer Due Diligence Requirements

Modern entertainment, whether it be books or movies,  oftentimes grapple with the issues of “who are you?” As a story line develops the audience is kept guessing as characters turn out to have different motivations or identities than what they were first perceived to have. Political thrillers oftentimes involve agents of shadowy groups behind which the true masterminds operate. How much effort will it take to reach the truth? FinCEN has recently come out with some proposed guidance that addresses this issue in the context of the legal entities that financial

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