Bank Regulatory News
1999 - The Federal Reserve Board today announced revisions to its Regulation Z (Truth
in Lending) official staff commentary, which applies and interprets the requirements of
regulation. The revisions are effective immediately.
1999 - The Federal Reserve Board today announced revisions to its Regulation M
(Consumer Leasing) official staff commentary, which applies and interprets the
requirements of the
regulation. The revisions are effective immediately.
March 31, 1999 - FDIC
MAKES PUBLIC FEBRUARY 1999 ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS;
NO ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today released a list of orders of
administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in February. No
administrative hearings are scheduled for April.
March 30, 1999 -
LOANS IN AREAS HAVING SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARDS - Revised Standard Flood Hazard Determination
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revised its Standard Flood Hazard
termination Form (SFHDF). The amended SFHDF was published in the attached Federal
Register notice. The form was revised to comply with the Office of Management and
Budget requirements established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The changes
clarify the instructions for completing the SFHDF and incorporate minor editorial changes
to the form. Beginning April 21, 1999, the revised form must be used for noting
determinations on whether a property is located within a Special Flood Hazard area. Until
then, the existing form may be used.
March 30, 1999 - FEDERAL
AGENCIES, FIRST DATA AGREE ON Y2K READINESS DEADLINES
The federal financial institution regulators and First Data Corporation reached agreement
that the provider of data processing services to banks, thrift institutions and credit
complete Year 2000 testing of the last of six merchant processing systems that serve
and credit union clients by June 30, 1999, and fully implement the system in a Y2K
mode by July 11, 1999.
March 29, 1999 - OCC Describes
Effective Practices for Complying With Privacy Provisions in Fair Credit Reporting Act
WASHINGTON -- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued guidance today that is
intended to help banks comply with provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act governing
the treatment of personal information.
March 26, 1999 - FDIC
APPROVES ASSUMPTION OF THE DEPOSITS OF VICTORY STATE BANK, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has approved the assumption of all the
deposits of Victory State Bank, Columbia, South Carolina, by the newly chartered South
Carolina Community Bank, Columbia, South Carolina.
March 26, 1999 -
COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT - HUD's 1999 Adjusted Median Family Income Figures
In response to requests from financial institutions, attached is a listing of 1999 median
income figures developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for
each metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and the statewide portions of nonmetropolitan
March 25, 1999 - OCC Testifies
on Impact of Technology On the Financial Service Industry
WASHINGTON -- OCC Senior Deputy Comptroller for Economic and Policy Analysis James D.
Kamihachi testified today on the impact of technological advances on the financial
services industry before the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and
March 25, 1999 - OCC Reports
Bank Trading Revenues Rebound To $2 Billion During Fourth Quarter
WASHINGTON -- Bank trading revenue rebounded in the final three months of 1998, as
commercial banks took in nearly $2 billion following a decline in the third quarter. For
the year, revenues from trading activities reached $7.9 billion compared with $8 billion
in 1997, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reported today in its fourth
quarter Bank Derivatives Report.
March 24, 1999 - OCC ANNOUNCES
SEVEN NEW ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, AND TWO TERMINATIONS OF EXISTING ACTIONS
WASHINGTON, DC --The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced seven
new enforcement actions taken against national banks, and two terminations of existing
actions. The actions released today include two formal agreements, one cease and desist
order, one civil money penalty, three removals, and two terminations of existing orders.
1999 - The Federal Reserve Board today announced final amendments to Regulation CC
that will facilitate banks' efforts for Year 2000 readiness. The amendments will
allow banks that consummate merger transactions on or after July 1, 1998, and before March
1, 2000, greater time to implement software changes related to the merger.
March 23, 1999 -
DEPOSIT INSURANCE REGULATIONS - Amended Deposit Insurance Regulations on Joint Accounts
and Payable-on-Death Accounts
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Board of Directors has voted to simplify
the agency's deposit insurance regulations governing the coverage of two common types of
accounts-joint accounts and "payable-on-death" ("POD" or revocable
trust) accounts. Current
regulations are frequently misunderstood by both consumers and bankers. That confusion can
create losses for depositors if their insured institution fails and they mistakenly
funds were within the $100,000 insurance limit.
1999 - The Federal Reserve Board today announced final amendments to Regulation CC
that will facilitate banks' efforts for Year 2000 readiness. The amendments will allow
banks that consummate merger transactions on or after July 1, 1998, and before March 1,
2000, greater time to implement software changes related to the merger.
March 23, 1999 -
Proposed "Know Your Customer" Rule - Joint Statement
On December 7, 1998, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Office of
Supervision (the "Agencies") published for public comment a proposed "Know
rule. The public comment period for the proposal ended on March 8, 1999. After
reviewing the comments, the Agencies have reevaluated the proposed "Know Your
Customer" rule and have decided to withdraw it.
March 23, 1999 - FDIC
SIMPLIFIES THE DEPOSIT INSURANCE RULES FOR JOINT ACCOUNTS AND PAYABLE-ON-DEATH ACCOUNTS
The FDIC Board of Directors voted today to simplify the deposit insurance rules governing
common types of accounts -- joint accounts and "payable-on-death" accounts. The
changing the existing regulations primarily because they have been confusing for both
and bankers. That confusion has caused losses to depositors at failed institutions who
believed their funds were within the $100,000 insurance limit.
March 19, 1999 - FFIEC - The December
31, 1998, Uniform Bank Performance Report (UBPR) is now being distributed to all insured
commercial banks and Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation - Insured Savings Banks (FDIC-ISB), and is available for sale to the public.
For the most part the formats for the commercial banks and the FDIC-ISBs are identical,
however, the FDIC-ISB has their own unique UBPR peer groupings.
March 19, 1999 - Comptroller
Says "Information and Education" Can Help Draw Unbanked into System
ARLINGTON, VA -- Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke Jr. said today that
while great progress has been made in expanding access to credit, more needs to
be done to bring the "unbanked" into the system.
March 18, 1999 - BANK
REPORTS - Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) for First Quarter 1999
The enclosed materials pertain to the Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) for
the March 31, 1999, report date. Please complete your first quarter Call Report as soon as
possible and submit the report electronically. Your completed report must be received by
April 30, 1999, in accordance with the filing requirements discussed below. No extensions
of time for submitting reports are granted.
March 18, 1999 - OCC RELEASES
CRA EVALUATIONS FOR 63 NATIONAL BANKS
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today released a
list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during
the period of February 15 through March 14. The list contains only national banks and
insured federal branches of foreign banks that have received ratings. The possible ratings
are outstanding, satisfactory, needs to improve, and substantial noncompliance.
March 18, 1999 - OCC Announces
Settlement of Lending Discrimination Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced
that First Central Bank, N.A., Cerritos, Calif., consented to pay a civil money penalty of
$25,000 and to establish a $400,000 settlement fund to compensate applicants affected by
the bank's alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Equal Credit
Opportunity Act (ECOA).
March 17, 1999 - Comptroller
Unveils Proposals to Help Community Banks
SAN FRANCISCO -- Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr., unveiled several
community bank initiatives today as a down payment on a promise he is making to ensure
that OCC supervision is responsive to the needs of community bankers.
March 17, 1999 - LOANS
IN AREAS HAVING SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARDS - New Communities Entering the National Flood
Insurance Program, January 1998 Through January 1999
The attached listing identifies communities that entered the National Flood Insurance
(NFIP) from January 1998 through January 1999. These communities are now eligible for
insurance through the NFIP under the Emergency Program or the Regular Program. The
Emergency Program is for communities that first enter the NFIP. It is an interim program
that provides lower levels of flood insurance for eligible structures at subsidized rates.
March 17, 1999 - FDIC
ANALYSTS REVIEW HIGH LOAN-TO-VALUE LENDING;
EVALUATE TRENDS IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MARKETS
Three articles in the first quarter edition of the Regional Outlook released today by the
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) examine issues and trends in high loan-to-value
home equity lending, commercial real estate markets and syndicated lending.
March 15, 1999 - FDIC
REPORTS THAT COMMERCIAL BANKS AND SAVINGS INSTITUTIONS SET NEW EARNINGS RECORDS IN 1998
Strong contributions from fee income helped propel full-year earnings for commercial banks
new record in 1998, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced today. The FDIC
said the record profits were achieved despite restructuring expenses related to mergers
weaknesses in overseas markets that caused bank earnings to decline in each of the last
quarters of 1998.
March 12, 1999 - Jeanne K. Engel
Chosen to be New Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs WASHINGTON - The Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency announced today that Jeanne K. Engel has been named to the
newly- created position of Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs. Ms. Engel, an
independent consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the area of housing and
community development, will advise top OCC management on community development and
community relations programs, as well as minority and urban affairs issues.
March 12, 1999 -
REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT - HUD Policy Statement on Lender Payments to
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued the attached policy
statement interpreting the level of services that mortgage brokers must perform in order
compensation from mortgage lenders. HUD's Statement of Policy 1999-1 took effect March 1,
March 10, 1999 - JOINT
INTERAGENCY LETTER TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Last November, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Office
of Thrift Supervision (the Agencies) issued a Joint Interagency Statement in which they
reaffirmed the importance of credible financial statements and meaningful disclosure to
investors and to a safe and sound financial system. The Joint Interagency Statement
underscored the requirement that depository institutions record and report their allowance
for loan and lease losses in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
(GAAP). We stress and continue to emphasize the importance of depository institutions
having prudent, conservative, but not excessive, loan loss allowances that fall within an
acceptable range of estimated losses. We recognize that today instability in certain
global markets, for example, is likely to increase loss inherent in affected
institutions portfolios and consequently require higher allowances for credit losses
than were appropriate in more stable times.
March 9, 1999 - Few Banks
Offer Internet Banking Services But Numbers Growing Rapidly WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Few
banks and thrifts offer customers the option of conducting transactions over the Internet
but their numbers are growing rapidly, according to a new study by the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Bank and thrift Web sites that permit on-line banking
transactions grew from an estimated 103 at the end of 1997 to 258 by June 1998, an
annualized rate of over 300 percent. These Internet services permit customers to transfer
money among accounts and to check account balances. Electronic bill payment over the
Internet was also available in three-fourths of the banks that offer transactional
5, 1999 the FFIEC issued a clarification for banks converting computer operations during
1999. In short, there is no problems if you have done your homework to ensure that the new
system is Y2K compliant.
March 5, 1999- Comptroller
Tells Congress that Agricultural Banks Must Remain Strong in Order to Serve Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. said in Congressional
testimony today that the lesson of the last agricultural crisis is that banks must adhere
to sound lending practices while continuing to support their communities.
March 5, 1999 - OCC Issues
Guidance to Protect National Banks from Intrusions Into Computer Systems
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued guidance to
national banks today outlining the risks posed by intrusions into bank computer systems by
cyber-terrorists and others. These outside threats can disrupt computer systems and
corrupt or destroy information stored on computer networks.
March 4, 1999 - Comptroller Says
"Know-Your-Customer" Rule Should be Rejected
WASHINGTON -- Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. told Congress today that he
believes the proposed "Know-Your-Customer" regulation should be promptly
withdrawn once the comment period ends Monday.
March 4, 1999 -
GUIDANCE ON SUBPRIME LENDING - Interagency Guidelines on Subprime Lending
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of Thrift
Supervision have jointly issued the attached Interagency Guidelines on Subprime Lending.
guidelines remind banks of the risks inherent in subprime lending and outline the types of
the agencies expect banks to have in place before entering this field of lending.
March 4, 1999 - FDIC
ISSUES FEBRUARY LIST OF BANKS EXAMINED FOR CRA
The FDIC today issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for
compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings
became available in February 1999.
March 3, 1999 - The
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of Thrift Supervision have jointly issued
Interagency Guidance on Subprime Lending.
March 3, 1999 -
The Federal Reserve Board today announced its approval of the applications of Arizona
Bank, Tucson, Arizona (formerly known as Compass Bank, Tucson, Arizona), to acquire 15
branches in Arizona owned by subsidiary banks of Wells Fargo & Company, San Francisco,
California, and to establish branches at the acquired locations.
March 2, 1999 -
CAPITAL STANDARDS - Final Rule Revising Risk-Based and Leverage Capital Standards
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Board of Directors has approved the
attached final rule revising the risk-based and leverage capital standards. The final rule
effect April 1, 1999. However, institutions may choose to apply the rule beginning March
1999 - The Federal Reserve Board today issued two final rules amending the risk-based
and leverage capital standards for state member banks (Regulation H) and the risk-based
capital standard for bank holding companies (Regulation Y).
March 1, 1999 - Comptroller
Says Effective Supervision Needed to Manage International Crises
WASHINGTON -- Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. said today that recent
financial dislocations have demonstrated the importance of effective supervision and that
regulators should work to promote the adoption of fundamental supevisory principles in
parts of the world where they have not already been accepted.
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