Big Bank Custody Fight

March 8, 2018  |  WSJ         The Senate is debating a bill that would relax Dodd-Frank’s chokehold on small banks, but a couple of provisions that ease capital and liquidity standards for the giants will make the financial system more vulnerable in a panic.

Tucked into Banking Chairman Mike Crapo’s legislation is a directive to federal agencies to amend the “supplementary leverage ratio” for custodial banks by excluding deposits at a central bank. Custodial banks secure assets for clients such as large institutional investors and fund managers.

At first glance, this provision would appear to apply only to Boston-based State Street , Chicago’s Northern Trust and Bank of New York Mellon . But Citigroup and J.P. Morgan also offer custodial services and are trying to join the party. You can bet others will want in too. “As Congress has sought to make a common sense change to the way capital rules treat custody assets, we have asked that they apply that change to all custody banks to maintain a level playing field in this important business,” a Citi spokesman said last week.  Read more here.

House Passes Bill to Extend Veteran Foreclosure Protection

Law Passed Senate in 2015

HousingWire |  March 22, 2016      The House of Representatives passed S. 2393 yesterday to extend the one-year protection from foreclosure in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  

The Senate already signed the bill in 2015, and will extend relief to veterans through 2017.

“Extending the one-year protection from foreclosure for another two-years allows service members and military families sufficient time to get on their feet financially and to avoid the stress of potentially losing their home as they manage their finances in a post-active military life,” said Housing Policy Council President John Dalton.   Read more here.