Amid greater attention by policymakers worldwide to financial risks associated with climate change, a senior Federal Reserve official today said that the agency has no “near-term” plans to conduct climate stress tests or impose climate-related risk weighting on assets.
The Colorado State Banking Board today denied the sale of a Colorado community bank to one of the state’s largest credit unions. The board found that the deal—in which Boulder, Colorado-based Elevations Credit Union would purchase the assets of Cache Bank and Trust, headquartered in Greeley—did not meet the requirements of state law.
During a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing today, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed serious concerns about the economic effects of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s current expected credit loss standard on the cost and availability of credit for consumers.
Building on previous warnings about risks associated with home retrofitting loans financed through tax assessments, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is requesting public input on additional steps to deal with the “continued threat” that these loans pose to homeowners and the housing finance system.
With the nation’s largest banks now beginning to implement the current expected credit loss standard, the American Bankers Association continues to call for a quantitative impact study that would analyze the full effect of the standard on both bank capital and the economy.
After Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) raised concerns last month about the ABA-supported SAFE Banking Act, ABA today responded to those concerns and urged him to advance the SAFE Banking Act or similar legislation on cannabis banking this year.
Now that the OCC and FDIC have formally issued their proposal to modernize Community Reinvestment Act rules, the OCC is requesting public input and bank-specific data to help determine how the proposal might be revised to achieve CRA’s purpose.
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, the agency’s point person for the Community Reinvestment Act modernization process, today outlined the Fed’s approach to revising CRA rules and explained why the Fed did not join the notice of proposed rulemaking issued last month by the OCC and the FDIC.
As part of its ongoing actions to implement regulatory relief identified by the decennial Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act review, the OCC today proposed several rule changes and sought comments on prospective changes sought by ABA during the EGRPRA feedback process.
Bakari Sellers, a CNN political analyst and former South Carolina Democrat state legislator who at one time was the youngest African-American elected official in the nation, and Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, a CBS News political contributor and a former White House official under President George W. Bush, will be keynote speakers at the ABA Washington Summit, to be held March 23-25 in Washington, D.C.