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Calif. Banks Met With Frustration as PPP 2.0 Launches

Steve Andrews, president and CEO of the Western Bankers Association, issued the following statement regarding today’s re-opening of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program:

“California banks worked throughout the weekend to prepare for the re-opening of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) platform where Paycheck Protection Program loan applications must be submitted. Banks were hoping that the glitches that challenged the system during the first round of funding would be resolved.

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Californians Without a Bank Account Encouraged to Explore Options in Advance of Stimulus Check Disbursement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Eligible Californians are expected to soon be receiving federal stimulus benefits, as part of the coronavirus economic relief package passed recently by Congress. Known as economic impact payments, it is estimated that this relief will bring $25 to $30 billion in funds to Californians who are struggling during these challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The California Bankers Association Announces California Industry Response to Coronavirus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Bankers Association (CBA) released the following statement regarding the California banking industry’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

“California banks are actively monitoring the latest reports from the Center for Disease Control and taking numerous precautions to help ensure the safety of their customers and employees. Banks have well-developed business continuity plans and are prepared and ready to help their customers in this time of need.

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CFPB finalizes policy statement regarding “Abusive” Practices under UDAAP

Last Friday, CFPB issued a policy statement clarifying what constitutes “abusive” conduct for purposes of supervision and enforcement under Unfair Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices as compared to conduct that is unfair or deceptive.  The policy is effective immediately.  In determining whether an act or practice is  “abusive” under UDAAP, the CFPB will consider whether the harm outweighs the benefits to consumers.  In addition, the CFPB will generally avoid alleging that an act or practice that meets the unfairness or deceptive standard would also trigger a violatio

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Ask Your Lawmaker to Co-Sponsor Important Legislation to Delay the Implementation of CECL
TAKE ACTION!

The Financial Accounting Standard Board’s new Current Expected Credit Loss standard poses significant operational challenges for the banking industry. CECL, which goes into effect January 2020 for some banks and later for others, will change the economics of lending and the unintended consequences are likely to result in changes to credit availability, product mix and cost of credit, particularly for consumers and small businesses. CECL will change the way your bank accounts for credit/loan losses.

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New Report Finds Credit Unions Operate with ‘Scant Regard’ for Statutory Mission

On the eve of the 85th anniversary of the Federal Credit Union Act’s enactment, new research released today found that credit unions are falling short of their mission to serve households of “small means.” In fact, according to the research by respected analyst Karen Shaw Petrou, credit union members are disproportionately from middle- and upper-income households, and credit unions’ lack of “mission compliance” deepens U.S. economic inequality.

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Resource Available at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to Assist with Fintech

Do you need help navigating the regulatory and supervisory system in support of your business model or involvement with financial technologies? SF Fed Navigate fintech analysts can assist.

Their goal is simple: to help facilitate responsible innovations while protecting consumers and ensuring the safety and soundness of banks. SF Fed Navigate fintech analysts are available to help answer questions from fintech companies and banks to build an understanding of the financial regulatory environment so innovative ideas thrive.

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Reminder: Comments on Volcker Rule Exception for Qualifying Community Banks Due April 9

The financial regulatory agencies have issued a proposed rule to implement a section of S.2155 that grants an exemption from the Volcker rule for community banks that meet certain qualifications; for instance, banks that have $10 billion or less in total consolidated assets as well as trading assets and liabilities of 5 percent or less of total consolidated assets.

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Federal Reserve Seeks Comments on Faster Payment System

The Federal Reserve is considering the creation of the first new payment system in more than 40 years and it is important for your bank to be heard. The Federal Reserve issued a Request for Comment on whether it should consider creating a new, faster settlement infrastructure to support real time payments in the United States. The Fed seeks comment on the benefits of it creating a new Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) that would operate 24/7/365 enabling payments to clear and settle on a real time basis at any time.

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ACTION NEEDED! Community Reinvestment Act Reform and Modernization:  OCC Request for Public Comment

On August 28, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) concerning modernization of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). CRA modernization can become a reality, but achieving it requires the involvement of as many financial institutions as possible. The first step is to comment on the ANPR. The ANPR can be reviewed here

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California Bankers Sign Letter to CFPB Regarding TRID Disclosure

On July 3, the ABA sent a letter, co-signed by several California bankers, to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney, urging the bureau for regulatory relief from rules affecting residential construction lending. Specifically, the letter requests immediate action to exempt residential construction-only loans from the TRID disclosure regulation.

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The California Bankers Association Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Legislation


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate approved 67-31, S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, which will now advance to the House, is designed to right-size banking regulations to allow banks to better serve their customers and their communities, while maintaining appropriate safety and soundness controls.