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Financial Institution Letters

November 13, 2014

Interagency Guidance on Leveraged Lending: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (agencies) are issuing responses to commonly asked questions about the Interagency Guidance on Leveraged Lending (Guidance) issued March 22, 2013. The Guidance is intended to help institutions strengthen risk management frameworks to ensure that leveraged lending activities do not heighten risk in the banking system through the origination and distribution of poorly underwritten and low-quality loans. The responses contained in the FAQs foster industry and examiner understanding and promote consistent application and implementation of the Guidance.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions With Total Assets Under $1 Billion: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised banks and savings associations, including community institutions. However, only a limited number of community institutions have exposure to leveraged credits.



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