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Interagency Policy on Providing Financial Support to Advised Funds
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of Thrift Supervision (the Agencies) are jointly issuing the attached policy on banks and thrifts providing financial support to funds advised by the banking organizations or their affiliates. The policy is addressed primarily to those financial institutions that advise investment funds - including mutual funds, alternative strategy funds, collective investment funds, and other such funds - where the banking organization, its subsidiaries or its affiliates are the investment adviser and receive a fee for their investment advice.
A banking organization's investment advisory services can pose material risks to a financial institution's liquidity, earnings, capital and reputation, and can harm investors if the associated risks are not effectively controlled. Risks posed by recent market volatility, the current interest rate environment, and operational and corporate governance weaknesses warrant the issuance of this guidance.
The policy alerts bank management to adopt appropriate policies and procedures designed to ensure that the bank will not:
For more information, please contact Keith Ligon in the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection (DSC) at (202) 898-3618 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ); Michael Phillips in the Legal Division at (202) 898-3581 (MPhillips@fdic.gov); or your DSC regional office.
For your reference, FDIC Financial Institution Letters may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2004/index.html . To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Financial Institution Letters through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).
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