Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fed urges Recalibration, Not Repeal, of Dodd-Frank Reforms

Outlines Fed's Guiding Principles for Recalibration

Author: David Schwartz

In Congressional testimony on June 22, 2017, Federal Reserve Governor Jerome H. Powell highlighted the progress that has been made since the financial crisis in improving the resiliency and resolvability of the U.S. banking industry. Having achieved the primary goals of re-regulation, however, Powell believes that the time is ripe "for us to look for ways to reduce unnecessary burden." In his statement, Governor Powell urged the lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs not to roll back Dodd-Frank reforms, but to recalibrate them.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Does LIBOR Have a Future?

Committee Meets this Week to Discuss Alternative Benchmark Rates

Author: David Schwartz
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Treasury Dept. Issues Regulatory Core Principles

Author: David Schwartz

In response to Executive Order 13772, on June 14, 2017 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin published a report identifying recommendations for changes to the regulation of the U.S. financial system in a manner consistent with the Executive Order's "core principles." Some of the “core principles” laid out in the executive order are addressed in bills currently being debated in Congress. The report takes up some of these same issues, but with slightly different approaches than those proposed by legislators. The publication is the first in a series of reports planned by the Treasury Department. This report focuses on the depository system.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

BIS Issues Further LCR Guidance

Includes steps toward calibration of the LCR to address short term financing activities

Author: David Schwartz

On June 8, 2017, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BIS) issued a second set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers on Basel III's Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR). This latest guidance responds to questions and requests for clarification received from commenters to the Basel Committee’s January 2013 publication of the LCR standard. The June 8 release combines new guidance with the existing FAQs published in April 2016 to form a complete set of LCR interpretations to date. Among these interpretations are some meaningful steps toward calibration of the LCR for short term financing transactions. 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

FSB Publishes its Sixth Annual Shadow Banking Survey

Sector Remains Robust and Growing Despite New Regulation

Author: David Schwartz

The Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) sixth annual shadow banking survey found that the shadow banking market remains robust and growing, equivalent to 13 percent of total financial system assets and 70 percent of the GDP of 28 covered jurisdictions. The report published May 10, 2017  presents the results of the FSB’s annual monitoring exercise to assess global trends and risks in the shadow banking system, reflecting data up to the end of 2015. It covers 28 jurisdictions, adding Belgium and the Cayman Islands for the first time. Notably, however, China failed to provide data for this latest report.[1] 

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