Yesterday, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, U.S. Senate Republicans released the latest version of their COVID-19-related stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act.  The bill contains several measures intended to provide relief to banks, their customers, and broader financial markets.

The latest version of the CARES Act includes the

Today, March 19, 2020, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standard Board (“FASB”), the body that is responsible for establishing U.S. generally accepted accounting practices (“U.S. GAAP”).  The Chairman’s letter requests that FASB take three specific actions to ease the impact of certain U.S. GAAP standards in light of the economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specifically, the letter requests that FASB (i) announce that loan modifications offered to borrowers affected by COVID-19 will not be classified as troubled debt restructuring (“TDR”), (ii) provide that banks that are already subject to the current expected credit loss methodology (“CECL”) may postpone CECL implementation, and (ii) delay the ongoing phase-in of CECL.

The three requests are described in more detail below.


Continue Reading FDIC Chairman Asks FASB to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis, Including by Delaying CECL

Yesterday, on March 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) announced the creation of a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (“MMLF”) to provide liquidity support to money market mutual funds (“MMMFs”) by facilitating their sale of certain assets in order to meet redemption requests.  Under the MMLF, the Federal

Today, March 17, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) released an interim final rule that revises the definition of “eligible retained income” in the regulatory capital rules that apply to U.S. banking organizations.  The rule is intended to incentivize banking organizations to more freely use their capital buffers, thereby promoting increased lending activity in light of the global economic turmoil created by COVID-19.  The rule will be effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.

Continue Reading In Response to COVID-19, Banking Agencies Issue Interim Final Rule Revising Capital Buffer Requirements to Promote Lending

Yesterday, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on U.S. and global economic activity, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) cut the target range of the federal funds rate to 0 to 1/4 percent until such time as the FOMC is “confident that the economy has weathered recent

On December 12, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to overhaul the agencies’ regulatory framework for evaluating banks’ Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) performance.  The proposal follows a 2018 advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the OCC,

The federal banking agencies issued a final rule today that permits banking organizations not subject to the advanced approaches capital rules to adopt simplifications to the calculation of their regulatory capital beginning January 1, 2020, rather than April 1, 2020 as was originally finalized in July 2019.

Continue Reading Federal Banking Agencies Permit First Quarter 2020 Adoption of Capital Simplifications Rule

On October 17, 2019, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and National Credit Union Administration released for public comment a proposed interagency policy statement on allowances for credit losses (“ACLs”).  The proposed policy statement reflects the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s adoption of the current expected credit losses (“CECL”) methodology.

Continue Reading Agencies Propose CECL Policy Statement