Tax/Accounting

ABA’s Carney: TruPS Issue Comes Back to Haunt Community Banks

Despite regulators' action -- and ABA's lawsuit -- after the Volcker Rule to protect existing bank investments in trust preferred securities, community bankers are facing the same issue as the Basel III capital standards come into effect, ABA VP Hugh Carney wrote in an American Banker op-ed today.

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Banks Join DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program

The Justice Department announced last week that four banks — Société Générale Private Banking (Lugano-Svizzera), MediBank AG, LBBW (Schweiz) AG, and Scobag Privatbank AG — have reached resolutions under the department's Swiss Bank Program.

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Internal Audit, COSO Peer Groups Formed

Since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, banks have placed increased focus on internal audit. In response to member requests, ABA has formed peer groups for internal auditors and groups for those coordinating implementation of the updated COSO internal control framework.

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FASB Advisory Group Split on Loan Loss Accounting

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s own Investor Advisory Committee last week became the latest group to express mixed opinions on FASB’s current expected credit loss proposal, which would require expected credit losses over the life of a loan to be recorded at the time of origination. The 10-member IAC includes a member from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York ...

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Fed Declines Basel III Fix for Sub S Banks

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen yesterday responded to a letter several House members sent last fall urging regulators to resolve a problem for Subchapter S banks posed by Basel III’s capital conservation buffer. Yellen declined to pursue any policy change, stating that the Fed “continues to believe that the capital conservation buffer should be applied equally to all banking organizations.”

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