On April 29, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Chris Giancarlo sent a letter to Randy Quarles, the Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in which he proposed that the US regulators responsible for the administering the margin rules for uncleared swaps should collaborate in providing some relief to non-dealer swap market participants who may become subject to initial margin requirements in 2020. The specific relief would be the issuance of the same guidance issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in March (for more information, see the March 8, 2019 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest), which stated that in-scope parties do not have to put in place compliant documentation and custodial relationships if there is no expectation that the exposure associated with their swaps will actually exceed the regulatory threshold for posting initial margin ($50 million for the United States).
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On March 15, the five US regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) that are responsible for the margin rules for uncleared swaps that apply to prudentially regulated swap dealers adopted an interim final rule designed to ensure that qualifying swaps may be transferred from a UK entity to an affiliate in the European Union or the United States without triggering new margin requirements.
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On February 15, four members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commissioner Stump recused herself) filed a comment letter regarding the standardized approach for calculating the exposure amount of derivative contracts proposed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the Agencies). In 2018, the Agencies proposed a standardized approach for measuring counterparty credit risk (SA-CCR), which would replace the current exposure methodology (CEM) as an alternative method for calculations under the Agencies’ capital rules.
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On October 3, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the National Credit Union Administration and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released a joint statement related to the permissible sharing of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) resources.

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On July 17, the Federal Register published proposed changes to the Volcker Rule that were jointly approved by the Federal Reserve Board, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission. As described in greater detail in the June 1,

The Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an interpretive letter clarifying that payments of variation margin, price alignment amounts and other payments in satisfaction of outstanding exposures on a counterparty’s cleared swap positions constitute “settlement” under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Regulation 39.14. The CEA and CFTC Regulation 39.14 provide that a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) must effect a settlement at least once each business day and ensure that settlements are final when effected.
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On September 6, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued revised guidelines entitled “Guidelines for Appeals of Material Supervisory Determinations”, which govern appeals by all FDIC-supervised institutions to Division Directors and the Supervision Appeals Review Committee. These revised guidelines expand the circumstances under which banks may appeal a material supervisory determination, enhance consistency with the appeals processes of other federal banking agencies, and include other limited technical and conforming changes.
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On May 31, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the National Credit Union Administration jointly issued an advisory addressing concerns from the financial industry regarding its perceived shortage of state certified and licensed appraisers, particularly in rural areas. The advisory addresses the appraiser shortage and the subsequent delays in obtaining an appraisal by highlighting two existing options: temporary practice permits and temporary waivers.
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On June 16, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-13, Topic 326, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses, which implemented the current expected credit losses methodology (CECL) for estimating allowances for credit losses. This new accounting standard applies to all banks, savings associations, credit unions and financial institution holding companies, regardless of size, that are required to file regulatory reports that conform to US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
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