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July 17, 2013
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Will They Get It Right This Time?  

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief  

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There is a dichotomy here. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed rules that are already inhibiting mortgage lending by community banks and threaten to force them out of the business. And the fate of the primary secondary market in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is uncertain following their government bailout.

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Hoenig: I Cannot Support the Basel III Interim Final Rule
"I support the FDIC's leadership in proposing to raise the supplemental leverage ratio for the eight largest financial holding companies in the U.S. to 6 percent for the banks and 5 percent for the holding company," FDIC Vice Chairman Tom Hoenig said in a statement. "I cannot support the interim final rule because without a binding leverage ratio, it is incomplete and inadequate." Read more>>
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