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.
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.
New York State Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky announced yesterday that he will step down as superintendent next month.
FinCEN announced that Jamal El-Hindi will be FinCEN’s new deputy director. El-Hindi joined FinCEN in 2006 where he was head of the former regulatory policy and programs division.
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.
Just two months remain before the Volcker Rule goes into effect on July 21, and ABA will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 27, to allow bankers to discuss exam preparedness and Volcker-specific compliance issues.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) yesterday introduced a bill that would subject the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the congressional appropriations process, extending Congress’ oversight of the agency. The CFPB is currently funded directly by the Federal Reserve.
Freshman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) today took a seat on the House Financial Services Committee. He replaces Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), who was assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.
ABA’s officers today expressed its support for the financial regulatory reform proposal offered by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The bill, which incorporates several elements of ABA’s Agenda for America’s Hometown Banks, is set to be considered by the committee on Thursday.
Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee today released a much narrower regulatory relief bill offered as an alternative to the sweeping bill by committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Shelby’s bill is set to be considered by the committee on Thursday.