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Capital Markets Resource Center

Regulatory Capital, Asset Liability Management, Investment Portfolio and Derivatives Activities Supervisory Resources

The Division of Risk Management Supervision’s Capital Markets Branch provides the following pages as an informational resource for bankers and other interested parties on a variety of key capital markets issues.

These resources should give community bankers a centralized toolkit to help them understand new requirements, recent developments and key outstanding rules and guidance.  For example, some resources include training videos with presentation slides and helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” documents.

It is important to note that links to international standards and papers issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision are provided for reference.  These standards do not represent the domestic rules and regulations, but the U.S. federal banking agencies and at times, other domestic regulators participate in setting these standards and consider them when developing U.S. rules.

The information contained on the Capital Markets Resource Center web pages and its links is not an exhaustive recap of all guidance issued, but should provide community bankers a good basis for understanding existing standards, pending requirements and supervisory expectations.

What's New

On April 16, 2019, the FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a proposal that would establish risk-based categories for determining applicability thresholds for regulatory capital requirements for certain U.S. subsidiaries of foreign banking organizations and application of liquidity requirements to foreign banking organizations, certain U.S. depository institution holding companies, and certain depository institution subsidiaries. Comments on the proposal must be received by June 21, 2019.

On March 29, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a proposal to implement section 402 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Section 402 directs these agencies to amend the supplementary leverage ratio of the regulatory capital rule to exclude certain funds of banking organizations deposited with central banks if the banking organization is predominantly engaged in custody, safekeeping, and asset servicing activities. Comments will be accepted for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

On March 28, 2019, the FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a proposal which would amend the capital rule to require advanced approaches banking organizations to deduct from regulatory capital certain investments in certain unsecured debt instruments issued by Global Systemically Important Banks and certain of their subsidiaries for the purposes of meeting minimum Long Term Debt or Total Loss Absorbing Capacity requirements. Comments will be accepted for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

On December 18, 2018, the FDIC Board of Directors approved an interagency Final Rulemaking modifying their regulatory capital rules and providing an option to phase in the new accounting standard for credit losses, known as "Current Expected Credit Losses" (CECL) methodology. The final rule allows banking organizations to phase in the day-one regulatory capital effects of CECL adoption throughout three years. The final rule also revises the agencies' regulatory capital rule and other rules to reflect the new accounting standard.

On December 18, 2018, staff of the Federal banking agencies hosted a national banker teleconference to discuss the Community Bank Leverage Ratio (CBLR). See below for materials.

On November 20, 2018, the FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a proposal that would establish risk-based categories for determining applicability of requirements under the regulatory capital rules, the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) rule, and the proposed net stable funding ratio (NSFR) rule for large U.S. banking organizations. The categories would not apply to banking organizations with total consolidated assets less than $100 billion. The comment period would end on January 22, 2019.

On November 20, 2018, the FDIC Board of Directors approved an interagency Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) that would introduce an optional simplified measure of capital adequacy for qualifying community banking organizations in Part 324, in accordance with Section 201 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

On September 17, 2018, the FDIC Board of Directors approved an interagency Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) that would revise the definition of an HVCRE exposure in Part 324, in accordance with Section 214 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, and provide interpretations for certain aspects of the revised HCVRE exposure definition.

On May 15, 2018, staff of the Federal banking agencies hosted a national banker teleconference to discuss the Implementation and Transition of the Current Expected Credit Losses Methodology for Allowances and Related Adjustments to the Regulatory Capital Rules and Conforming Amendments to Other Regulations (CECL Transition NPR). See below for materials.

On April 17, 2018, the FDIC Board of Directors approved a proposed rulemaking to amend the capital rule in response to forthcoming changes to U.S. GAAP set forth in Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Topic 326, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (ASU 2016-13). ASU 2016-13 introduces the current expected credit losses methodology (CECL).

On November 21, 2017, the FDIC Board of Directors approved a Final Rule to extend the existing provisions for certain banking organizations for a targeted set of items: mortgage servicing assets, certain deferred tax assets, investments in the capital instruments of unconsolidated financial institutions, and minority interest.

On October 12, 2017, staff of the Federal banking agencies hosted a national banker teleconference to discuss the Proposed Simplifications to the Capital Rule Pursuant to the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996. See below for materials:

On September 27, 2017, the FDIC Board of Directors approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would simplify aspects of the generally applicable capital rules related to the treatment of acquisition, development or construction (ADC) loans, items subject to threshold deduction, and minority interests includable in regulatory capital, and would make a number of technical corrections.

The FDIC has created the below resources to help explain the proposal.


Excel Help - Information on using Excel.
Excel Help - The Capital Simplification NPR estimator tool is supported by Microsoft® Excel 2010 and later versions. On October 10, 2017, Microsoft® will no longer support Excel 2007 or older versions and it is the FDIC’s expectation that banks will not be using unsupported versions of the product.

PDF Help -  Information on downloading and using the PDF reader.

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