Last week, the three federal banking agencies—the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation—released an interagency proposal that would revise banking regulations related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The CRA was passed in 1977 and the last major revisions to CRA regulations occurred almost 20 years ago.Read More about Banking Agencies Seek Public Comment on CRA Proposal
Commercial Banks in District, Nation Finish 2021 in Strong Position
U.S. commercial banks continued their bounce back from pandemic-related challenges in 2021, recording satisfactory levels of earnings and asset quality measures well above industry benchmarks. Banks in Eighth Federal Reserve District states fared better too, with profitability and asset quality averages largely in line with national peers.
The ABCs of CDIAC: How Community Bankers Inform the Fed
The Federal Reserve seeks input from a variety of stakeholders to assist it in making decisions about monetary policy, banking supervision and other responsibilities. Earlier this month, we took a look at the contributions of Reserve bank boards of directors and detailed how they are selected and what they do and don’t do as board members.
Role of Bankers on Federal Reserves Boards of Directors
Like most corporations, each of the nation’s 12 Federal Reserve banks and their branch offices is governed by a board of directors. While many of their duties are similar to those of corporate boards, these boards do have some unique responsibilities as well as restrictions on activities and oversight.Read More about Role of Bankers on Federal Reserves Boards of Directors
Have Fed Asset Purchases Reshaped Bank Balance Sheets? Part 2
This is the second part of an article that describes how banks have accommodated the very large involuntary increase in their Fed reserve balances that corresponds to Fed asset purchases. In this post, I show that banks increased their deposit funding substantially, allowing them to reduce nondeposit borrowings. “Core” deposits—deposits excluding large time deposits—also increased significantly, offset, in part, by a decline in large time deposits, which are deposits above $100,000. Concurrently, equity financing declined as a share of assets. I conclude that Fed asset purchases are not responsible directly for the surge in deposits and reduction in other liabilities and equities. Rather, both Fed and bank portfolio shifts are responses to heightened economic stress and uncertainty.