Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
CFPB Develops New Saving Tool to Boost the Financial Resilience of Workers
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that under its Compliance Assistance Sandbox (CAS) Policy, it had issued a Compliance Assistance Statement of Terms Template (CAST Template) that would allow employers to create automatic savings accounts for their employees. The Template would serve as the basis for an application to be approved by the Bureau to create the program. The goal of the CFPB is to empower employers to help employees bolster their savings to become more financial resilient.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
OCC Proposes New True Lender Rule
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed a new rule that would resolve some uncertainty when a national or federal financial institution makes a loan when in partnership with third parties, stating clearly the bank was the “true lender” if the bank is named as lender in the loan agreement or funds the loan as of the date of origination. The new rule is designed to encourage the relationships between banks and third parties and the innovation and affordable credit that have been the results of these relationships.
Securities and Exchange Commission
SEC Issues New Guidance on Investment Advisers’ Responsibilities Regarding Proxy Voting
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted to amend rules that govern proxy solicitations. The amended rules are intended to make sure the clients of proxy voting advice businesses can access clear and timely information to make voting decisions. The goal is to allow those who use proxy voting advice, such as investors, to make well informed decisions when voting without unnecessary costs or delays that could slow proxy voting advice.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FDIC and FRB Provide Information for Next Resolution Plans to Largest Domestic Banking Firms
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve Board provided information that will guide the next resolution plans of the eight largest domestic banking organizations, due July 1, 2021. The resolutions plans, also known as living wills, describe the institution’s strategy for fast and organized bankruptcy in case of financial issues or a total failure of the bank. The plans will be the first “targeted” resolution plans, which were introduced in updates to the resolution plan rule finalized last year.
National Credit Union Administration
NCUA Announces that All COVID-19 Urgent Need Grants are Utilized
The Federal Reserve recently published the FraudClassifier Model. The model is used to better classify and understand fraudulent activity – as well as the ways it occurs and how often it occurs across the financial industry. The model was developed by FRB fraud experts of the Fraud Definitions Work Group.