CFPB: Agencies Propose Regulation on the Role of Supervisory Guidance

Five federal financial regulatory agencies today invited comment on a proposal outlining and confirming the agencies’ use of supervisory guidance for regulated institutions. The proposal would codify the statement, as amended, that was issued in September 2018 by the agencies that clarified the differences between regulations and guidance. Unlike a […]

OCC: SoFi’s Application to Establish a National Bank Conditionally Approved

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency yesterday granted conditional approval for Social Finance, Inc., to establish a full-service national bank titled SoFi Bank, National Association. The OCC granted preliminary conditional approval based on a thorough evaluation of information available to the agency, including the representations and commitments made […]

OCC: Final True Lender Rule Issued

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today issued a rule that determines when a national bank or federal savings association (bank) makes a loan and is the “true lender,” including in the context of a partnership between a bank and a third party. Banks’ lending relationships with […]

OCC: New CRA Modernization Resources Released

Summary The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today issued three items required to support the implementation of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule the agency issued on June 5, 2020 (2020 rule). Note for Community Banks The “Community Reinvestment Act 2020 Rule Small Bank Compliance Guide” and […]

OCC: CRA Evaluations for 12 National Banks and Federal Savings Associations Released

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during the period of September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.  The list contains only national banks, federal savings associations, and insured federal branches of foreign banks […]

OCC: New Report Shows Mortgage Performance Decline in Second Quarter 2020

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) reported the performance of first-lien mortgages in the federal banking system declined during the second quarter of 2020. The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, Second Quarter 2020 showed 91.1 percent of mortgages included in the report were current and performing at the end of […]

OCC: Federally Chartered Banks and Thrifts Allowed to Engage in Certain Stablecoin Cryptocurrency Activities

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today published a letter clarifying national banks’ and federal savings associations’ authority to hold “reserves” on behalf of customers who issue certain stablecoins. Stablecoins refer to cryptocurrency backed by an asset such as a fiat currency, including U.S. dollars or other […]

OCC: Acting Comptroller’s Statement on the Federal Reserve’s Action to Modernize the CRA

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks today released the following statement in appreciation of the Federal Reserve Board’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), which solicits stakeholder comment on how to improve Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations for state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. […]

OCC: CRA Evaluations for 20 National Banks and Federal Savings Associations Released

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during the period of August 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. The list contains only national banks, federal savings associations, and insured federal branches of foreign banks […]

OCC: CRA Evaluation Schedule for Fourth Quarter 2020 and First Quarter 2021 Issued

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today released its schedule of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) evaluations to be conducted in the fourth quarter 2020 and first quarter 2021. The OCC encourages public comment on the national banks and federal savings associations scheduled to be evaluated under the […]