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 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,

On June 7, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) to supplement OCC Bulletin 2013-29, “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance,” which was originally issued on October 30, 2013. These FAQs address questions from national banks and federal savings associations. The FAQs and underlying OCC Bulletin 2013-29 apply to

Lacking the ability to issue formal no-action relief from strict compliance with the variation margin rules for uncleared swaps coming into effect on March 1, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) have each issued statements suggesting that they

On December 12, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued joint final rules permitting these federal banking agencies to conduct examinations every 18 months instead of every 12 months for qualifying insured depository institutions with less than $1 billion in total assets. These final rules are intended to reduce regulatory compliance costs for smaller insured depository institutions while still maintaining safety and soundness standards. Interim final rules have been in effect since February 29, which are identical to the joint final rules.
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On September 8, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a report (Report) that they were required to prepare pursuant to section 620 of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd–Frank). The primary purpose of the Report is to inform Congress concerning the investment and other activities that a banking entity may engage in under federal and state law, so it provides a useful summary of current regulatory framework for banks. The Report is also required to include recommendations as to (1) whether each activity or investment has or could have a negative effect on the safety and soundness of the banking entity or the US financial system; (2) the appropriateness of the conduct of each activity or type of investment by banking entities; and (3) additional restrictions as may be necessary to address risks to safety and soundness arising from the activities or types of investments.
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On September 14, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year (FY) 2017. “Our FY 2017 operating plan helps institutions regulated by the OCC to better understand our supervisory priorities,” said Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry. “The plan provides the foundation for policy initiatives and for supervisory strategies as applied to individual banks. . . ”
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On September 8, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposed a rule to prohibit national banks and federal savings associations (FSAs) from dealing and investing in industrial or commercial metals. The proposal covers metal, including alloy, in a physical form primarily suited to industrial or commercial uses, such as copper cathodes and aluminum T-bars. If finalized in its current form, this proposal would supersede a prior OCC determination permitting national banks to trade copper cathodes.
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On July 15, the federal bank regulatory agencies with responsibility for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rulemaking—the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)—published final revisions to the “Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment.” The Questions and Answers document