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    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."

     

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