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Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices by State-Chartered Banks
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System are jointly issuing the attached guidance to state-chartered banks regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices prohibited by section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act.
In FIL-57-2002, issued May 30, 2002, the FDIC informed state nonmember banks that these prohibitions apply to their activities, and that the FDIC would issue guidance about how institutions could avoid engaging in practices that might be viewed as unfair or deceptive. In its corresponding release, the Federal Reserve Board indicated that it would work with the FDIC to prepare additional guidance for state member banks on this subject. The attached guidance fulfills these commitments.
Specifically, the guidance explains:
Although most insured banks adhere to high levels of professional conduct, managers of all banks must remain vigilant against possible unfair or deceptive acts or practices to protect consumers and to minimize their own risk.
For more information about the guidance, please contact April P. Breslaw, Section Chief (202- 898-6609); Deirdre Foley, Senior Policy Analyst (202-898-6612); or Mira N. Marshall, Senior Policy Analyst (202-898-3912), in the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection.
For your reference, FDIC Financial Institution Letters (FILs) may be accessed from the FDICs Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2004/index.html.
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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 17 th Street, NW , Room 100, Washington , DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).
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