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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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beefing Up Public Company Audit Reports

New Standards for Public Company Audit Disclosure

Author: David Schwartz

On June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) voted to adopt new standards for public company audit reports. The new auditing standard, AS 3101, is the result of nearly eight years of work by the PCAOB with members of the public accounting profession, regulators, academics, and investor groups. If approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission, this new standard will change the scope of the current auditor’s report. AS 3101 retains the unqualified versus qualified (pass versus fail) opinion of the existing auditor's report, but makes significant changes to the auditor's report by adding a new section highlighting what the PCAOB calls “critical audit matters” (CAM). Adding CAM to audit opinions is intended to better highlight key areas of risk information to reduce the information asymmetry between users of a company’s financial statement and the company's management.

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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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