Third-Party Arrangements: Elevating Risk Awareness
Many community banks provide products and services through arrangements with third parties. Appropriately managed third-party relationships can enhance competitiveness, provide diversification, and ultimately strengthen the safety and soundness of insured institutions. Third-party arrangements can also help institutions attain key strategic objectives. But third-party arrangements also present risks. In this article, we show how failure to manage these risks can expose a financial institution to everything from financial loss to regulatory action and loss of customer relationships.
Staying Alert to Mortgage Fraud
The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports having more than one thousand pending mortgage fraud investigations, with over half involving financial institutions as victims. However, they estimate the actual number of mortgage fraud cases to be closer to 36,000. This article discusses the housing boom of the early 2000s and how the resultant demand led to increases in mortgage fraud activity. The authors share examples from FDIC examiners and offer fundamental mitigation steps as well as links to other resources.
Wind Hazard Insurance: No Longer Just a Technical Exception
Hazard insurance has played a big role in mitigating the risk of loss of collateral value from catastrophic damage. Examiners have traditionally cited inadequacies in collateral insurance coverage as technical exceptions when reviewing loan files. But in the current environment, potentially widespread issues regarding insurance availability and affordability could result in consequences reaching beyond anything considered technical. This article explores the impact of the rising costs (and in some cases, the lack of availability) of wind hazard insurance, with a focus on Florida.
From the Examiner’s
Desk... The e-Exam
An e-Exam, or electronic examination, is a financial institution examination in which electronic data are exchanged through a secure delivery method, thus improving examination efficiencies for both banks and examiners. Banks generally maintain a wide variety of information—written policies and procedures, customer disclosures, board minutes, and even loan files—in electronic format. This article discusses the FDIC’s e-Exam policy and the impact that being able to exchange documents electronically is having on examinations.
Accounting News... Recent Developments Affecting the Accounting for Split-Dollar Life
Over the past year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Emerging Issues Task Force has addressed the accounting for endorsement and collateral assignment split-dollar life insurance arrangements under which employers and employees share the rights to the cash surrender value and death benefits of insurance policies. The consensuses reached by the Task Force will change how many banks have accounted for their existing split-dollar arrangements and will require them to recognize a liability at the beginning of 2008. This article discusses the principal elements of this recent accounting guidance and its effect on banks’ capital and future earnings.
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