Featured Product

    FDIC Chair on Policy Actions to Better Address Need of Community Banks

    June 04, 2019

    At the Community Development Bankers Association Peer Forum and Membership Meeting, the FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams outlined the decisions taken as a result of the feedback by bankers that will help focus FDIC efforts to better address their needs. She has been meeting with local bankers, state supervisors, and consumer groups to obtain feedback on many important topics, including the needs of their local communities, the regulatory approach of FDIC, and ideas to promote economic inclusion.

    As a result of her meetings, the FDIC Chair has directed staff to increase efforts to:

    • Actively seek ways to reduce regulatory burden on community banks
    • Encourage community banking, including the establishment of de novo banks in communities of all sizes
    • Promote and preserve the Minority Depository Institutions of the nation
    • Modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) framework and provide clarity to institutions on their CRA obligations
    • Ensure that the regulatory framework encourages banks to offer products and services to low- and moderate-income households

    She added that technology is another area that can help FDIC and financial institutions meet consumers where they are. Although fintech firms have developed new approaches to reach consumers, improve the customer experience, lower transaction costs, and increase credit availability, she wants to see more banks leveraging technology to do the same. Last fall, it was announced that FDIC is establishing a new internal office to promote innovation in the industry. FDIC has already begun partnering with banks to understand how they are innovating and promoting technological development at community banks, which may have limited funding for research and development. FDIC is also looking at what policy changes are needed to encourage innovation, while maintaining safe and secure financial services and institutions. This is especially important because technology offers a tremendous opportunity to expand access to the banking system, said Ms. McWilliams.

    As of March 31, United States has 4,930 insured community banks and FDIC is the primary federal supervisor for many of these institutions. She highlighted that the latest FDIC survey shows that more than 8 million households do not have any relationship with the banking system while another 24.2 million households are underbanked. Millions of Americans are missing out on the important benefits banks provide, including wealth-building opportunities and the protection provided by deposit insurance. Innovation and technology have the potential to provide important inroads to reach these consumers. According to the FDIC Chair, "Supporting this segment of the banking system is paramount. Community banks in the U.S. are intertwined in a symbiotic relationship with their communities: if those communities do not do well, neither will their community banks."

     

    Related Links

    Keywords: Americas, US, Banking, Community Banks, Fintech, Proportionality, Regulatory Approach, FDIC

    Related Articles
    News

    APRA Updates Lists of Validation and Derivation Rules in December 2019

    APRA updated the lists of the Direct to APRA (D2A) validation and derivation rules for authorized deposit-taking institutions, insurers, and superannuation entities.

    December 13, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Finalizes Prudential Standard for Credit Risk Management of Banks

    APRA updated the prudential standard on credit risk management requirements (APS 220) for authorized deposit-taking institutions, post a public consultation.

    December 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EIOPA Consults on Guidelines on ICT Security and Governance

    EIOPA issued a consultation on guidelines on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) security and governance by insurers.

    December 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    BCBS Consults on Design of Prudential Treatment for Crypto-Assets

    BCBS published a discussion paper on the design of prudential treatment for crypto-asset exposures of banks.

    December 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    NCUA Approves Delay of Risk-Based Capital Rules Until January 2022

    The NCUA Board held its eleventh open meeting of 2019 and approved a final rule to delay the effective date of the risk-based capital rules for credit unions to January 01, 2022.

    December 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Issues Operational Risk Rules, Consults on Reporting Requirements

    APRA published an updated prudential standard APS 115 that sets out operational risk requirements for authorized deposit-taking institutions in Australia.

    December 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ESMA Updates Q&A on European Benchmarks Regulation in December 2019

    ESMA updated the question and answers (Q&A) document on the European Benchmarks Regulation.

    December 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Decides to Keep Countercyclical Capital Buffer for Banks at 0%

    APRA announced its decision to keep the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) for authorized deposit-taking institutions on hold at zero percent.

    December 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ESMA on Draft Amendments to Indices and Recognized Exchanges Under CRR

    ESMA issued the final report on draft amendments to the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1646, which specifies the main indices and recognized exchanges, under the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), that are relevant to credit institutions and investment firms subject to prudential requirements and trading venues.

    December 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FED Extends Consultation Period for Capital Requirements for Insurers

    FED is extending comment period for the proposed rule establishing risk-based capital requirements for depository institution holding companies that are significantly engaged in insurance activities.

    December 10, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 4316