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The regulatory reform bill introduced by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) was approved by the committee today. The ABA-supported bill would provide regulatory relief for community, mid-size and regional banks, tailor the regulatory structure for systemically important banks and begin restructuring within the Federal Reserve System and at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Economy

Existing home sales declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.04 million, down from an upwardly revised 5.21 million in March. Existing home sales remain 6.1 percent higher than last year, despite last month’s decline.

Compliance and Risk

At the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac yesterday announced new standards that mortgage institutions would have to meet in order to sell loans to or service loans on behalf of the housing GSEs. The new standards include net worth, capital and liquidity requirements both for depository institutions and for nonbanks.

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All 53 state bankers associations yesterday expressed their support for the financial regulatory reform proposal offered by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The bill is set to be considered by the committee later today.

Economy

Many participants said that a June rate hike is unlikely, according to the minutes from the April 17-19 Federal Open Market Committee meeting. However, a few participants anticipated that conditions for beginning policy firming will have been met by June.

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