(RELEASE): AT HEARING WITH FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR, BROWN URGES ACTION TO END "TOO BIG TO FAIL" POLICIES THAT HOLD MAIN STREET ACCOUNTABLE FOR WALL STREETS ACTIONS
AT HEARING WITH FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR, BROWN URGES ACTION TO END "TOO BIG TO FAIL" POLICIES THAT HOLD MAIN STREET ACCOUNTABLE FOR WALL STREETS ACTIONS
Brown Also Pressed Chairwoman On Need To Shift Fed's Focus To Meet The Needs of
"I'm hopeful that
Brown and U.S. Sen.
Set reasonable capital standards that would vary depending on the size and complexity of the institution. Economic and financial experts agree that adequate capital is critical to financial stability, reducing the likelihood that an institution will fail and lowering the costs to the rest of the financial system and the economy if it does.
*Mid-sized and regional banks would be required to hold eight percent in capital to cover their assets
*Megabanks - institutions with more than
*Community banks would remain unchanged by the legislation, as the market already requires them to maintain capital ratios approaching 10 percent of their assets
Limit the government safety net to traditional banking operations. When the government established the Federal Reserve in 1913 as a lender of last resort and created deposit insurance in response to the Depression, support was intended for commercial banks that provided savings products and loans to American consumers and businesses. At that time, most banks had enough shareholder equity equal to 15 to 20 percent of their assets. In the ensuing decades, the expanding federal safety net allowed financial institutions to depend less and less on their own capital. Federal support was stretched far beyond its original focus, particularly when financial institutions were permitted to enter into the business of insurance, securities dealing, and investment banking. Brown and Vitter's bill would limit the government safety net to traditional banking operations, protecting commercial banks rather than risky, investment banking activities.
Provide regulatory relief for community banks. By reducing regulatory burdens upon community banks, they can better compete with mega institutions. Because community institutions do not have large compliance departments like
*Expands the definition of "rural" lenders that can offer balloon mortgages
*Reduces some impediments for small banks and thrifts to raise capital or pay dividends.
*Creates an independent bank examiner ombudsman that institutions can appeal to if they feel that they have been treated unfairly by their examiner.
*Adopts privacy notice simplification legislation.
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