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White House Meets With Community Bankers

By Toni Lapp

March 9 – Despite recent headlines about health-care reform, immigration bans, the CIA and Wikileaks, regulatory relief remains on President Trump’s agenda, evidenced by his meeting with community bankers from across the country. He later described the meeting in a tweet as a “great listening session.”

The president said he was concerned with the impact of banking regulations on access to credit, and he noted that community banks provide about half of all loans to small businesses.

Donald Trump meets with community banking groups

Representatives of two major community banking groups met with President Trump on March 9.

 

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Thrift Flexibility Bill Backed by ABA Introduced in House, Senate

March 8 – U.S. Reps. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., and Jim Himes, D-Conn., reintroduced the Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act, supported by the American Bankers Association. The ABA called the bill “the epitome of sensible regulatory relief,” and said it would give greater flexibility to institutions chartered under the Home Owners Loan Act.

According to the ABA, the legislation will allow a federal savings association to elect to function as, and be regulated like, a national bank without having to change charters or governance structure.

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Regulators Release Swap Margin Guidance

February 24 – The Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have released guidance explaining how supervisors should examine for compliance with the swap margin rule, which established margin requirements for swaps not cleared through a clearinghouse.

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CSBS Releases BSA/AML Self-Assessment Tool

February 7 – State regulators have released a new, voluntary tool to help banks and non-depository financial institutions better manage Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-money laundering risk. (more…)

Fed Removes ‘Large and Non-complex Firms’ From Qualitative Assessment

January 30 – The Federal Reserve Board finalized a rule adjusting its capital plan and stress-testing rules, effective for the 2017 cycle. The final rule removes large and noncomplex firms from the qualitative assessment of the Federal Reserve’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, reducing significant burden on these firms and focusing the qualitative review in CCAR on the largest, most complex financial institutions.

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Regulators Increase Asset-Size Threshold Definitions Under CRA

December 29 – Federal bank regulatory agencies announced adjustments to the asset-size thresholds used to define small bank, small savings association, intermediate small bank and intermediate small savings association under the Community Reinvestment Act regulations. (more…)

OCC Eases Regulatory Requirements in Final Rule

January 3 – The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released a final rule that removes outdated or unnecessary provisions of certain rules to reduce regulatory burden on national banks and federal savings associations. (more…)

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