New and Proposed Regulations
Regulation A: Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks-Effective Date: The amendments to part 201 (Regulation A) are effective August 12, 2019. Applicability date: The rate changes for primary and secondary credit were applicable on August 1, 2019.
SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') has adopted final amendments to its Regulation A to reflect the Board's approval of a decrease in the rate for primary credit at each Federal Reserve Bank. The secondary credit rate at each Reserve Bank automatically decreased by formula as a result of the Board's primary credit rate action. DATES: Effective date: The amendments to part 201 (Regulation A) are effective August 12, 2019. Applicability date: The rate changes for primary and secondary credit were applicable on August 1, 2019. (Federal Register Notice)
Regulation D: Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions-Effective Date: The amendments to part 204 (Regulation D) are effective August 12, 2019. Applicability date: The IORR and IOER rate changes were applicable on August 1, 2019.
SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') is amending Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) to revise the rate of interest paid on balances maintained to satisfy reserve balance requirements (``IORR'') and the rate of interest paid on excess balances (``IOER'') maintained at Federal Reserve Banks by or on behalf of eligible institutions. The final amendments specify that IORR is 2.10 percent and IOER is 2.10 percent, a 0.25 percentage point decrease from their prior levels. The amendments are intended to enhance the role of such rates of interest in moving the Federal funds rate into the target range established by the Federal Open Market Committee (``FOMC'' or ``Committee''). DATES:
Effective date: The amendments to part 204 (Regulation D) are effective August 12, 2019. Applicability date: The IORR and IOER rate changes were applicable on August 1, 2019. (Federal Register Notice)
Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans; Delay of Compliance Date; Correcting Amendments-Effective Date August 16, 2019.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing this final rule to delay the August 19, 2019 compliance date for the mandatory underwriting provisions of the regulation promulgated by the Bureau in November 2017 governing Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans (2017 Final Rule or Rule). Compliance with these provisions of the Rule is delayed by 15 months, to November 19, 2020. The Bureau is also making certain conforming changes and corrections to address several clerical and non-substantive errors it has identified in the Rule.
Effective date: The amendments in this final rule are effective on August 16, 2019.
Compliance dates: The compliance date for Sec. Sec. 1041.4 through 1041.6, 1041.10, and 1041.12(b)(1) through (3) in the final rule published on November 17, 2017 (82 FR 54472), as amended by this final rule, is delayed from August 19, 2019 to November 19, 2020. The compliance date for Sec. Sec. 1041.2, 1041.3, 1041.7 through 1041.9, 1041.12(a), (b) introductory text, and (b)(4) and (5), and 1041.13 remains August 19, 2019.
(Federal Register Notice)
Joint Ownership Deposit Accounts-Effective Date August 21, 2019.
SUMMARY: The FDIC is amending its deposit insurance regulations to update one of the requirements that must be satisfied for an account to be separately insured as a joint account. Specifically, the final rule provides an alternative method to satisfy the ``signature card'' requirement. Under the final rule, the signature card requirement may be satisfied by information contained in the deposit account records of the insured depository institution establishing co-ownership of the deposit account, such as evidence that the institution has issued a mechanism for accessing the account to each co-owner or evidence of usage of the deposit account by each co-owner. (Federal Register Notice)
Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks (Regulation CC)-Effective Date September 3, 2019, except for the amendments to 12 CFR 229.1, 229.10, 229.11, 229.12(d), 229.21, and appendix E to part 229, which are effective July 1, 2020.
SUMMARY: The Board and the Bureau (Agencies) are amending Regulation CC, which implements the Expedited Funds Availability Act (EFA Act), to implement a statutory requirement in the EFA Act to adjust the dollar amounts under the EFA Act for inflation. The Agencies are also amending Regulation CC to incorporate the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) amendments to the EFA Act, which include extending coverage to American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam, and making certain other technical amendments. (Federal Register Notice)
Regulatory Capital Rule: Simplifications to the Capital Rule Pursuant to the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996-Effective Date October 1, 2019, except for the amendments to 12 CFR 3.21, 3.22, 3.300, 217.21, 217.22, 217.300(b) and (d), 324.21, 324.22, and 324.300, which are effective April 1, 2020.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (collectively, the agencies) are adopting a final rule (final rule) to simplify certain aspects of the capital rule. The final rule is responsive to the agencies' March 2017 report to Congress pursuant to the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, in which the agencies committed to meaningfully reduce regulatory burden, especially on community banking organizations. The key elements of the final rule apply solely to banking organizations that are not subject to the advanced approaches capital rule (non-advanced approaches banking organizations). Under the final rule, non-advanced approaches banking organizations will be subject to simpler regulatory capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets, certain deferred tax assets arising from temporary differences, and investments in the capital of unconsolidated financial institutions than those currently applied. The final rule also simplifies, for non-advanced approaches banking organizations, the calculation for the amount of capital issued by a consolidated subsidiary of a banking organization and held by third parties (sometimes referred to as a minority interest) that is includable in regulatory capital. In addition, the final rule makes technical amendments to, and clarifies certain aspects of, the agencies' capital rule for both non-advanced approaches banking organizations and advanced approaches banking organizations (technical amendments). Revisions to the definition of high-volatility commercial real estate exposure in the agencies' capital rule are being addressed in a separate rulemaking. (Federal Register Notice)
Recordkeeping for Timely Deposit Insurance Determination- Effective Date October 1, 2019.
SUMMARY: The FDIC is amending its rule entitled "Recordkeeping for Timely Deposit Insurance Determination" to clarify the rule's requirements, better align the burdens of the rule with the benefits, and make technical corrections. (Federal Register Notice)
Home Mortgage Disclosure (Regulation C) Data Points and Coverage; Extension of Comment Period-DATES: The comment period for the ANPR published May 8, 2019, at 84 FR 20049, is extended. Responses must now be received on or before October 15, 2019.
SUMMARY: On May 8, 2019, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) soliciting comments relating to the data points the Bureau's October 2015 final rule implementing the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) added to Regulation C or revised to require additional information. The ANPR also solicits comments relating to the requirement that institutions report certain business- or commercial-purpose transactions under Regulation C. The ANPR provided a 60-day comment period that will end on July 8, 2019. To allow interested persons more time to consider and submit their responses, the Bureau has determined that an extension of the comment period until October 15, 2019 is appropriate. (Federal Register Notice)
Home Mortgage Disclosure (Regulation C); Reopening of Comment Period - DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published May 13, 2019, at 84 FR 20972, is reopened with respect to the proposed changes relating to the permanent coverage thresholds for closed-end mortgage loans and open-end lines of credit in Sec. Sec. 1003.2(g)(1)(v) and (g)(2)(ii) and 1003.3(c)(11) and (c)(12) and related commentary. Comments must be received by October 15, 2019.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is reopening the comment period for specific aspects of the proposed rule published by the Bureau in the Federal Register on May 13, 2019 (May 2019 Proposal). The May 2019 Proposal proposed amendments to Regulation C relating to the coverage thresholds for reporting data on closed-end mortgage loans and open-end lines of credit and partial exemptions under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). To facilitate the potential revisions of the thresholds that the Bureau proposed to take effect on January 1, 2020, the Bureau used a 30-day comment period, which ended on June 12, 2019. Later this summer, the national loan level dataset for 2018 and the Bureau's annual overview of residential mortgage lending based on that data (collectively, the 2018 HMDA Data) will be released. Stakeholders have asked to submit comments on the May 2019 Proposal that reflect the 2018 HMDA Data. To allow for the submission of such comments, the Bureau now reopens the comment period on certain aspects of the proposal until October 15, 2019. (Federal Register Notice)
Debt Collection Practices (Regulation F) - DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 19, 2019.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) proposes to amend Regulation F, 12 CFR part 1006, which implements the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and currently contains the procedures for State application for exemption from the provisions of the FDCPA. The Bureau's proposal would amend Regulation F to prescribe Federal rules governing the activities of debt collectors, as that term is defined in the FDCPA. The Bureau's proposal would, among other things, address communications in connection with debt collection; interpret and apply prohibitions on harassment or abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices in debt collection; and clarify requirements for certain consumer-facing debt collection disclosures. (Federal Register Notice)
Regulatory Capital Rules: Treatment of Land Development Loans for the Definition of High Volatility Commercial Real Estate Exposure - DATES: Comments must be received by August 22, 2019.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (collectively, the agencies) are issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (proposal) to seek comment on the treatment of loans that finance the development of land for purposes of the one- to four-family residential properties exclusion in the definition of high volatility commercial real estate (HVCRE) exposure in the agencies' regulatory capital rule. This proposal expands upon the notice of proposed rulemaking (HVCRE NPR) issued on September 28, 2018, which proposed to revise the definition of HVCRE exposure in the regulatory capital rule to conform to the statutory definition of ``high volatility commercial real estate acquisition, development, or construction (HVCRE ADC) loan,'' in accordance with section 214 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). (Federal Register Notice)
Qualified Mortgage Definition Under the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) - DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 16, 2019.
SUMMARY: With certain exceptions, Regulation Z requires creditors to make a reasonable, good faith determination of a consumer's ability to repay any residential mortgage loan, and loans that meet Regulation Z's requirements for ``qualified mortgages'' obtain certain protections from liability. One category of qualified mortgages (QMs) is loans that are eligible for purchase or guarantee by either the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). Under Regulation Z, this category of QMs (Temporary GSE QM loans) is scheduled to expire no later than January 10, 2021. The Bureau currently plans to allow the Temporary GSE QM loan category to expire in January 2021 or after a short extension, if necessary, to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition away from the Temporary GSE QM loan category. The Bureau is considering whether to propose revisions to Regulation Z's general qualified mortgage definition in light of that planned expiration and is issuing this ANPR to request information about possible revisions. (Federal Register Notice)
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Jennifer Heaton, Vice President of Government & Executive Affairs