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Federal Reserve Reports Moderate Pace Growth, Rising of Inflation, and Potential Increase in Federal Funds Rate

Posted on February 16, 2017 by

Chairwoman Janet Yellen presented her semi-annual report to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on February 15th where she testified that she expects the economy to continue to expand at a moderate pace with inflation gradually rising to two percent.  She also stated that the monetary policy remains accommodative and strengthening due […]

A Secretary of the Treasury who understands Main Street and Wall Street?

Posted on January 24, 2017 by

Last week, Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Treasury Department faced a nearly six-hour grilling by Senate Finance Committee Republicans and Democrats, alike.  The former Goldman Sachs executive was pressed on a variety of policy and personal issues including his past connections to a California bank seen by some as an unmerciful […]

The Problem of Lender “Inquiry Notice” Status

Posted on January 19, 2017 by

If a lender is fully secured, can it just ignore suspicions of borrower misconduct?  The danger is that a lender could lose its collateral under these circumstances and be treated as an unsecured creditor.  This is exactly what happened to a lender that failed to inquire further about collateral pledged by a borrower that was […]

Regulators’ Christmas Gift to Banks: 18-Month Examination Cycle

Posted on December 28, 2016 by

Earlier this month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued final interagency rules which will reduce regulatory compliance costs for over 600 banks and savings associations. Section 10(d) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act) generally requires the […]

Be Prepared Before Your Borrower Files a Farm Bankruptcy

Posted on December 15, 2016 by

How prepared are you for a workout or Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filed by your Borrower?  Make it your New Year’s Resolution to know the answer to these questions about your Borrower. Do you conduct regular file reviews?  Regular loan file reviews can be used as tools to increase certainty as to collateral priority and […]

Cybersecurity Risk: Latest Guidance from Bank Examiners

Posted on December 1, 2016 by

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has indicated in a recent bulletin that its examiners will gradually incorporate a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool into its examinations of national banks and other institutions under its regulatory purview.  At the same time, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued a Financial Institution Letter informing banks of a Frequently Asked […]

Western District of Wisconsin Ranks 3rd in Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy Filings

Posted on November 15, 2016 by

The harvest is plenty, but with corn at $3/bushel, soybeans at $9/bushel, and milk at $15-$16/hundred weight, the profits are few.  Did you know that in 2015 and 2016, the Western District of Wisconsin ranks 3rd (out of 94 federal judicial districts) for most Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filings?  In 2015, the Western District of […]

Same Loan Application, Only Different

Posted on November 2, 2016 by

Last month the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) quietly approved a revised and redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) for 2017 to allow for the collection of more information about the ethnicity and race of loan applicants. With some exceptions, Regulation B § 1002.5(b) generally prohibits a creditor from inquiring about the race, color, […]

Will FinTech Replace Bank Branches?

Posted on November 2, 2016 by

The automated teller machine revolutionized banking by allowing a depositor to withdrawal money anytime, anyplace without the need of a single bank employee.  FinTech and the increased depositor adoption of banking mobile apps may do the same thing to entire bank branches. A recent survey by the American Bankers Association (ABA) has found that more […]

Congress Actually Agrees on Something: Bitcoin

Posted on November 2, 2016 by

Shortly before Congress recessed for the November election, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) resolution urging the United States to “adopt a national policy for technology to promote consumers’ access to financial tools and online commerce to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment.” The Resolution (H.Res. 835), without specifically referencing it […]