Note to Regulators: Exercising Fiduciary Responsibility is Not a Community Bank Board Problem – But You Might Make It One!

Finer Points

As community bankers we have a fiduciary responsibility to our customers and communities as well as our shareholders. While it may not always be an explicit legal duty, it’s inherent to the community bank relationship business model and serves a key role in our success—after all, community banks only succeed when their customers and communities do the same. That’s […]. Community Banks

Flywheel To Shutter Some Cycling Locations


In the latest reported sign that boutique fitness studios are struggling to keep pace with home exercise offerings, Flywheel Sports Inc. The report also noted that Peloton has grown to have over 500,000 subscribers for its exercise products and fitness apps.

Big Tech Increasingly In Regulators’ Spotlight — And Crosshairs


It’s been a whirlwind few weeks — OK, make that months — for big tech firms as regulators look ever more closely at business tactics. Regulation Amazon Big Tech European Union Facebook Google News regulation

Is GSE capital proposal an academic exercise — or a whole lot more?


Housing finance reform GSE reform Financial regulations Minimum capital requirements Mel Watt Fannie Mae Freddie Mac FHFANo plan will be implemented as long as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in conservatorship, but a capital framework for the companies could still have a substantive impact.

Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Continue Decline Over Regulation Fears


With fresh concerns about government regulation of cryptocurrency surfacing, Bitcoin and other digital tokens continued the recent declines in value, erasing $550 billion in value for the global cryptocurrency market since the start of 2018. Those who engage in semantic gymnastics or elaborate re-structuring exercises in an effort to avoid having a coin be a security are squarely in the crosshairs of our enforcement provision.”.

Maxine Waters Says Regulators Should Consider Shutting Down Wells Fargo


Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, issued a report last week suggesting that regulators might want to consider shutting down the scandal-ridden Wells Fargo. According to CNN Money , the 38-page report also slammed regulators for failing to punish the bank more severely for its recent scandals, which include opening as many as 3.5 Bank Regulation bank regulation Banking Charter scandals Wells Fago

EU Regulators May Launch X-Border eCommerce Investigation


There appears to be some dirty pool taking place over eCommerce between countries in the European Union, and antitrust regulators might be taking action to sort it out.

Malta: The world’s first blockchain-regulated country; The Liechtenstein Blockchain Act; Gas prices crippling Ethereum.

Daily Fintech

Decrypted: As countries, regions, even cities are considering regulation for cryptocurrencies, the Maltese Falcon is flying high in the crypto world. This team deals with regulation and innovation in the field of financial technologies.

Are EU fintechs set to face tighter regulation?


In light of the escalating size and importance of the market, one prospect businesses need to be aware of is tighter regulation. The paper includes the results of the first EU-wide “fintech mapping exercise” and the EBA’s proposals for future work in this area.

Filene’s Stance on Proposed CFPB Small Dollar Lending Regulations


After monitoring the ongoing conversation around the CFPB proposed regulations on Payday lending and other types of high cost installment loans, Filene takes a unanimous stance on the issue: Educate yourself on the proposed regulations, form an opinion, and submit a comment!

Can PSD2 Get Past Its GDPR Problem As Deadlines Hit?


From this day forward (March 14), businesses covered by the European Union’s (EU’s) Second Payment Services Directive ( PSD2 ) are supposed to have a testing regime that conforms to the FinTech regulation. Well, for the first part, let’s return to the subject of exercise and building muscle.

No Guidance on Flood Insurance Compliance Coming from Federal Financial Regulators

Keith Leggett's Credit Union Watch

HFIAA §13 permits a bank to exercise its discretion not to require a flood policy covering detached, non-residential structures. Regulation

FTC Looking For Comments On Customer Privacy, Security Amendments


It also shows that, where we have rule-making authority, we will exercise it as necessary to keep up with marketplace trends, and respond to technological developments.”. Regulation Amendments customer data data privacy data security financial institutions FTC News regulations What's Hot

Bump On The Road To National FinTech Charters?


The judge ruled that “such dramatic disruption of federal state relationships in the banking industry occasioned by a federal regulatory agency lends weight to the argument that it represents exercise of authority that exceeds what Congress may have contemplated in passing the NBA.

Regulations protect but can also enable innovation

CU Insight

For example, the interpretation of the Federal Credit Union Act that drives NCUA regulations has remained relatively consistent throughout the past 30 years. The FCUA and NCUA regulations provide for the creation of an abundance of new permissible products, platforms and services.

5 takeaways from mid-size stress tests

ABA Community Banking

First “live” DFAST exercise yields mixed results for banks and regulators Management Duties Risk Management Operational Risk. 1Management

Fintech Shouldn't Have EZ Pass into Banking

American Banker

Regulators and lawmakers must exercise healthy caution before granting fintech firms preemptive powers via national bank charters or otherwise. consumer-finance law-regulation digital-banking nonbank compliance bank-technology

Google GDPR Complaint Suggests Personal Data Misuse


A General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) complaint shows that Google may have misused people’s personal data and categorized them in highly sensitive ways, according to reports. Lack of transparency makes it impossible for users to exercise their rights under GDPR.

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 Breaking SCA’s ‘Chain Of Doubt’


When new regulations take effect, especially sweeping ones that impact eCommerce, at least some firms take a “wait-and-see” approach. Authentication ecommerce Featured News GDPR News Open Banking Privacy Regulations PSD2 SCA Whitepages ProCall it the chain of doubt.

EU Antitrust Reg Margrethe Vestager Plans Big Tech Policy Report


Feedback has been collected from companies, experts and business groups that show the need for more regulation, and her report — which is scheduled to be released in March — will reflect that need. I think you need products that will help you exercise your rights. Regulation Amazon Antitrust Apple EU fines Google Margrethe Vestager News regulation What's Hot

12 questions to ponder in this fast-paced, complicated world

CU Insight

The past seven years has seen a non-stop barrage of rule changes, regulations and new requirements. 2. Are you getting enough exercise? As I walk to the podium, I’ll know one thing for sure. . This crowd hasn’t had it easy. .

Google Facing Antitrust Fine From EU Over AdSense


I think you need products that will help you exercise your rights. Regulation Antitrust EU European Commission fine Google News regulation What's Hot

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NY Wants Servicers To Document Oversight of Third-Parties

New York's State of Mind

Mortgage servicers will have to exercise more oversight over third-party providers if New York finalizes regulations proposed by the Department of Financial Services. Good morning folks. On May 1st, the Department proposed amending 3 NYCRR 419 to create a new §419.11. This section mandates that mortgage servicers “adopt and maintain policies and procedures to oversee […]. Mortgage Lending Regulatory Section 419

The Fast and the Furious

Chris Skinner

Any bank outsourcing such functions opens themselves up to regulatory risk: The requirements are primarily there to ensure that the outsourcing of the regulated activity, service or function does not lead to an outsourcing of responsibility by the entity in question, or pose a barrier to effective supervision of the specific entity by a regulator. Grid RegulationI was having a conversation with a friend about the issues at Monzo this week (among others).

Does your credit union’s cybersecurity pass the test?

CU Insight

Recent information from “FDIC on Why Banks Need a Disaster Plan for Cyber Threats” reports that the FDIC says it “encourages banks to practice responses to cyber-risk as part of their regular disaster-planning and business-continuity exercises.” “ Cyber Challenge: A Community Bank Cyber Exercise ,” is available on the FDIC’s website.

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Obsessing About Rules Won't Improve Culture


A healthy bank culture can only be built from within, rather than as a compliance exercise to satisfy regulators. law-regulation

Fintech Shouldn't Have EZ Pass into Banking


Regulators and lawmakers must exercise healthy caution before granting fintech firms preemptive powers via national bank charters or otherwise. bank-technology

3 training techniques to adopt from Olympian athletes

CU Insight

Here’s her list: They regulate their emotions. Management/Leadership athletes Berger Leadership Blog Corporate Culture Dan Berger emotions Execution exercise IDEAS influence Leadership learning Motivation NAFCU Olympic practice Productivity Results Strategy Success


Laskos on Credit Unions

Maybe that explains the continuous struggle between credit unions and any outside agency vying to regulate its “cooperative” model. Is it really possible for credit unions to exercise a greater role in overseeing the performance of one another, stepping in to offer guidance, resolve problems or shore up inadequacies before it becomes necessary to have the regulator step in and place a shop into conservatorship?

Deep Dive: Making Smarter Payments Safer


In this month’s Deep Dive, PYMNTS examines how data can improve customers’ experiences, and how regulations can keep their data safe. Regulators across markets realize the data risks that consumers face, and rules and regulations are in place to ensure that data is handled sensitively.

APIs will buoy UK account switching figures


New European regulation is set to give third parties access to banks’ customer data, perhaps finally creating a reason for consumers to exercise their account-switching powers in the UK. Banking Fintech Payments APIs data PSD2 regulation Samuel Murrant

Virgin Money Buyout By CYBG Receives All-Clear


Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority, as well as shareholders’ votes in favor of the deal. B2B Payments Acquisition B2B banking banking regulation FCA M&A merger News small business banking SMB banking U.K.

Where the rubber meets the road

CU Insight

There’s a simple way to build resilience and increase overall preparedness top to bottom in your credit union: Exercise Your Plan. But how far does your test really go, and are you involving the entire organization in exercises, or simply relegating them to the IT team?

Banking Third Party Risk Management Requirements are a Big and Expensive Ask

Celent Banking

Institutions are paying three times as much as their third party to complete on this exercise. But continuing to operate without a strategic third party risk management practice will leave your institution in the hands of cyber fate and the regulators.

Vantage Point

Independent Banker

It’s a question regulators are asking more often these days. Too many community banks approach compliance as a check-box exercise. General Industry Insight Regulation & Compliance Vantage Point Viewpoints Corporate Capability.

3 Blind Spots Your Bank Board Can Protect Management From

Banker to Banker

For years, regulators have talked about enterprise risk management (“ERM”). While there has not been clear guidance in this area, one area where boards can exercise credible challenge is on the subject of strategic direction and assessing management bias

Five federal regulators issue statement clarifying role of supervisory guidance; Ballard Spahr to discuss interagency statement in Oct. 10 webinar on CFPB’s Summer 2018 Supervisory Highlights

CFPB Monitor

The Interagency Statement begins by clarifying the agencies’ position as to the difference between supervisory guidance and laws or regulations and provides: “Unlike a law or regulation, supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law, and the agencies do not take enforcement actions based on supervisory guidance.”

Equifax Nears $700M Settlement For Data Breach


and state regulators, although the dollar amount could change depending on how many people file claims, the WSJ article said. The Justice Department discovered that Ying knew about the data breach before it was public and exercised all of his stock options.

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Fed to Add Comment Feature to Final Countercyclical Rule

American Banker

In response to industry comments, the Federal Reserve said it would follow notice-and-comment procedures when exercising its countercyclical capital buffer authorities – a process whereby the biggest banks would hold an additional capital cushion to counteract overheated markets.

How Open Banking Will Test Banks’ Data Security Strategies


Whether driven by regulation or market competition, the financial services sector in several jurisdictions is progressing toward open banking, interconnectivity and a freer flow of data between customer accounts and third parties. With consumers now exercising their ownership and control of data, more information is being shared between banks and FinTech apps.

Amending Credit Union Bylaws and Codes of Regulations

That Credit Union

As part of a credit union’s strategic planning, the topic of amending (or more appropriately modernizing) the credit union’s bylaws or code of regulations often surfaces as a priority. credit unions "credit union" code of regulations credit union bylaws By John B.C.

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GDPR & PSD2: A Silver Lining For Fraudsters?


The deadlines for compliance with new European data regulations are right around the corner, and the impact of these changes won’t be limited to the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25 of this year. So what should merchants, issuers, data controllers and processors be doing in the days and months before the new regulations go live?

The cyber security threat landscape in financial services

Insights on Business

He outlined four key steps to effective implementation: Exercise and test your strategy and plan. It takes a long time to produce a proper exercise. ” Meshell wrapped up the presentation saying, “Every six weeks there is an IBM cybersecurity response exercise for senior executives to drive awareness. If you are a regulated industry, you have a fiduciary responsible to protect your customer data.”.