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    Fed Puts New Limitations on Bank Bailouts


    The Federal Reserve Board has clarified its procedures for emergency lending to banking institutions and placed new restrictions on future bailouts. A final rule, approved Monday and effective on Jan. 1, broadens the existing definition of insolvency and requires that emergency lending be approved by the Treasury Department. These and ...

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    Fed Proposes Liquidity Disclosures, Will Improve Examinations


    Image: There was a warning last week from Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo to expect an increase to stress test minimum capital requirements and a proposed rule requiring banks to publicly disclose aspects of their liquidity profile. Also announced was an effort to improve the consistency of supervisory examinations and a ...

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    Banks Could Face Long-Term Debt Requirements


    Unveiling yet another rulemaking effort to end taxpayer bailouts when large banks fail, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve has proposed an increase in the loss absorbing capacity of systemically important U.S. bank holding companies and the domestic operations of smilarly designated foreign banks. Covered institutions would be ...

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    ISO 20022: Tepid U.S. Embrace for New Financial Standard


    Image: The push to adopt a new ISO standard for financial transactions is gaining momentum on a global scale—even as the United States continues to weigh the business case for it. “It’s important because it is seen as the standard that all new financial transactions will move to over time,” ...

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    Fed Hands Big Banks New Risk-Based Capital Surcharges


    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve has issued a final rule that establishes risk-based capital surcharges for financial institutions designated as “global systemically important bank holding companies.” JPMorgan was handed the largest surcharge among the nation’s eight largest banks, 4.5 percent of its risk-weighted assets. More inside.

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    House Vote Demands More Transparency from CFPB


    The House of Representatives, with a 401-2 vote, has approved legislation that requires the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to comply with Federal Advisory Committee Act transparency requirements. The Federal Reserve, CIA, and CFPB are among the agencies not covered by the law. More inside.

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    Better Ways to Test Banks’ Stress


    Image: Title: KraynThe banking world will start 2015 with another bout of hand-wringing over stress tests. Critics question whether the tests probe what truly makes large banks a threat to the financial system, and banks know they must somehow use technology to streamline the annual exercise. “Throwing people at the ...

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    Fed Extends Deadlines for Volcker Rule Compliance


    The Federal Reserve Board is giving financial insitutions more time to comply with the Volcker rule’s demand that they extricate themselves from investments in hedge funds and private equity funds and wind down speculative positions held on their own behalf, rather than for clients. Banks will until 2017 to unwind ...

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    Fed Seeks New Capital Requirements for Biggest Banks


    Image: Dec. 9—The Federal Reserve is proposing a new risk-based capital surcharge for the most systemically important firms. The proposed rule would implement a new methodology for determining “global systemically important” banks and increase mandated capital conservation buffers by as much as 4 percent. The proposal establishes five broad categories ...

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    Federal Reserve Places New Limits on Large Banks


    The Federal Reserve Board has approved a rule that places new limits on mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry, effectively slowing the growth of the largest institutions in yet another strike against “too big to fail” banks. The rule prohibits a financial company from combining with another company if ...

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    Fed Official Warns Banks: Fix Culture Problem or be Downsized


    Two Federal Reserve officials issued stern warnings regarding bank compliance efforts last week. William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said that if financial institutions don’t fix their culture problem, they risk being broken apart. Meanwhile, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo blasted banks that take a “check ...

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    Report: Fed Knew About, Failed to Stop JPMorgan's London Whale Trades


    Oct. 21—The Federal Reserve failed to act on knowledge of high-risk trading activities at JPMorgan Chase’s London investment office and should shoulder blame for a $6 billion loss the bank suffered from its ill-fated “London Whale” derivatives trades in 2012. That criticism is leveled by the Fed’s Office of Inspector ...