Transactions Between Member Banks and Their Affiliates: Exemption for Certain Securities Financing Transactions Between a Member Bank and an Affiliate, 54307-54309 [E8-21792]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 183 / Friday, September 19, 2008 / Rules and Regulations duration without the concurrence of Rural Development. If the IRP funds have been unused to make loans to ultimate recipients for 6 months or more, those funds will be returned to Rural Development unless Rural Development provides an exception to the intermediary. Any exception would be based on evidence satisfactory to Rural Development that every effort is being made by the intermediary to utilize the IRP funding in conformance with program objectives. CHAPTER XLII—RURAL BUSINESSCOOPERATIVE SERVICE AND RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PART 4274—DIRECT AND INSURED LOANMAKING 4. The authority citation for part 4274 continues to read as follows: ■ the annual gross revenue is derived from legalized gambling activity. ■ 7. Section 4274.338 is amended by adding paragraph (b)(4)(ii)(D) to read as follows: § 4274.338 Loan agreements between the Agency and the intermediary. * * * * * (b) * * * (4) * * * (ii) * * * (D) An annual report on the extent to which increased employment, income and ownership opportunities are provided to low-income persons, farm families, and displaced farm families for each loan made by such intermediary. Dated: September 12, 2008. Ben Anderson, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service. [FR Doc. E8–22003 Filed 9–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 7 U.S.C. 1932 note; 7 U.S.C. 1989. Subpart D—Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 5. Section 4274.314 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(10)(i) and by adding paragraph (b)(15) to read as follows: 12 CFR Part 223 ■ § 4274.314 [Regulation W; Docket No. R–1330] Loan purposes. * * * * * (b) * * * (10) * * * (i) The intermediary is responsible for making prudent lending decisions based on sound underwriting principles when considering the restructuring of an ultimate recipient’s debt; and * * * * * (15) Aquaculture-based rural small businesses. ■ 6. Section 4274.319 is amended by revising paragraphs (c) and (d) and by adding paragraphs (m) and (n) to read as follows: § 4274.319 Ineligible loan purposes. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with RULES * * * * * (c) Charitable institutions, that would not have revenue from sales, fees, or stable revenue to support the operation and repay the loan, and fraternal organizations. (d) Assistance to Federal government employees, active duty military personnel, employees of the intermediary, or any organization for which such persons are directors or officers or have 20 percent or more ownership. * * * * * (m) For any line of credit. (n) For any legitimate business activity when more than 10 percent of VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:21 Sep 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 Transactions Between Member Banks and Their Affiliates: Exemption for Certain Securities Financing Transactions Between a Member Bank and an Affiliate Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board). ACTION: Interim final rule with request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In light of the continuing unusual and exigent circumstances in the financial markets, the Board has adopted, on an interim final basis, a regulatory exemption for member banks from certain provisions of section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act and the Board’s Regulation W. The exemption increases the capacity of member banks, subject to certain conditions designed to help ensure the safety and soundness of the banks, to enter into securities financing transactions with affiliates. DATES: The interim final rule became effective on September 14, 2008. Comments must be received on or before October 31, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. R–1330, by any of the following methods: Agency Web Site: http:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/ generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 54307 Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include docket number in the subject line of the message. Fax: (202) 452–3819 or (202) 452– 3102. Mail: Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20551. All public comments are available from the Board’s Web site at http:// www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/ foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room MP–500 of the Board’s Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW.) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark E. Van Der Weide, Assistant General Counsel, (202) 452–2263, Legal Division, or Norah M. Barger, Deputy Director, (202) 452–2402, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20551. For the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired only, teletypewriter (TTY), (202) 263–4869. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In light of the ongoing dislocations in the financial markets, and the potential impact of such dislocations on the functioning of the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market, the Board has adopted on an interim basis the following exemption from section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 371c) and the Board’s Regulation W (12 CFR part 223). The exemption will facilitate the ability of an affiliate of a member bank (such as an SEC-registered broker-dealer) to obtain financing, if needed, for securities or other assets that the affiliate ordinarily would have financed through the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market. The exemption is subject to several conditions designed to protect the safety and soundness of the member bank. First, the member bank may use the exemption to finance only those asset types that the affiliate currently finances in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market. Second, the transactions must be marked to market daily and subject to daily margin maintenance requirements, E:\FR\FM\19SER1.SGM 19SER1 yshivers on PROD1PC62 with RULES 54308 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 183 / Friday, September 19, 2008 / Rules and Regulations and the member bank must be at least as over-collateralized in its securities financing transactions with the affiliate as the affiliate’s clearing bank was in its U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement transactions with the affiliate on September 12, 2008. The Board expects the member bank and its affiliate to use standard industry documentation for the exempt securities financing transactions (which would, among other things, qualify the transactions as securities contracts or repurchase agreements for purposes of U.S. bankruptcy law). Third, to ensure that member banks use the exemption in a manner consistent with its purpose—that is, to help provide liquidity to the U.S. triparty repurchase agreement market—the aggregate risk profile of the exempt securities financing transactions must be no greater than the aggregate risk profile of the affiliate’s U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement transactions on September 12, 2008. The exemption, therefore, permits an affiliate to obtain financing from its affiliated member bank for securities positions that the affiliate did not own or finance in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market on September 12, 2008, but only if the new positions in the aggregate do not increase the overall risk profile of the affiliate’s portfolio. Fourth, the member bank’s top-tier holding company must guarantee the obligations of the affiliate under the securities financing transactions (or must provide other security to the bank that is acceptable to the Board). Any member bank that intends to use a form of credit enhancement other than a parent company guarantee must consult in advance with Board staff. An example of the type of other security arrangement that may be acceptable to the Board would be a pledge by the affiliate or parent holding company to the member bank of a sufficient amount of additional liquid, high-quality collateral. Fifth, a member bank may use the exemption only if the bank has not been specifically informed by the Board, after consultation with the bank’s appropriate Federal banking agency, that the bank may not use this exemption. If the Board believes, after such consultation, that the exempt securities financing transactions pose an unacceptable level of risk to the bank, the Board may withdraw the exemption for the bank or may impose supplemental conditions on the bank’s use of the exemption. Consistent with its purpose to ameliorate potential temporary dislocations in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market, the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:21 Sep 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 exemption will expire on January 30, 2009, unless extended by the Board. The Board notes that any securities financing transactions between the member bank and an affiliate are subject to the market terms requirement of section 23B of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 371c–1). Section 23B requires that financial transactions between a bank and its affiliate be on terms and under circumstances (including credit standards) that are substantially the same, or at least as favorable to the bank, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with or involving nonaffiliates. Among other things, section 23B would require the member bank to apply collateral haircuts to its affiliated securities financing transaction counterparty that are at least as strict as the bank would apply to comparable unaffiliated securities financing transaction counterparties. Administrative Procedure Act Pursuant to sections 553(b) and (d) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(b) and (d)), the Board finds that there is good cause for making the exemption effective immediately on September 14, 2008, and that it is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking and provide an opportunity to comment before the effective date. The Board has adopted the exemption in light of, and to help address, the continuing unusual and exigent circumstances in the financial markets. The exemption will provide immediate relief to participants in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market affected by the current turmoil. The Board is soliciting comment on all aspects of the exemption and will make such changes that it considers to be appropriate or necessary after review of any comments received. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires an agency that is issuing a final rule to prepare and make available a regulatory flexibility analysis that describes the impact of the final rule on small entities. 5 U.S.C. 603(a). The Regulatory Flexibility Act provides that an agency is not required to prepare and publish a regulatory flexibility analysis if the agency certifies that the final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 5 U.S.C. 605(b). Pursuant to section 605(b), the Board certifies that this interim final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The rule reduces regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 burden on large and small insured depository institutions by granting an exemption from the Federal transactions with affiliates regime for insured depository institutions that engage in securities financing transactions with affiliates. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board has reviewed the interim final rule under authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and Budget. The rule contains no collections of information pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act. Plain Language Section 722 of the Gramm-LeachBliley Act requires the Board to use ‘‘plain language’’ in all proposed and final rules. In light of this requirement, the Board has sought to present the interim final rule in a simple and straightforward manner. The Board invites comment on whether the Board could take additional steps to make the rule easier to understand. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 223 Banks, Banking, Federal Reserve System. Authority and Issuance For the reasons set forth in the preamble, Chapter II of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows: ■ PART 223—TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN MEMBER BANKS AND THEIR AFFILIATES (REGULATION W) 1. The authority citation for part 223 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 371c and 371c–1. 2. In § 223.42, add paragraph (n) to read as follows: ■ § 223.42 What covered transactions are exempt from the quantitative limits, collateral requirements, and low-quality asset prohibition? * * * * * (n) Securities financing transactions. (1) From September 15, 2008, until January 30, 2009 (unless further extended by the Board), securities financing transactions with an affiliate, if: (i) The security or other asset financed by the member bank in the transaction is of a type that the affiliate financed in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market at any time during the week of September 8–12, 2008; E:\FR\FM\19SER1.SGM 19SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 183 / Friday, September 19, 2008 / Rules and Regulations (ii) The transaction is marked to market daily and subject to daily margin-maintenance requirements, and the member bank is at least as overcollateralized in the transaction as the affiliate’s clearing bank was overcollateralized in comparable transactions with the affiliate in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market on September 12, 2008; (iii) The aggregate risk profile of the securities financing transactions under this exemption is no greater than the aggregate risk profile of the securities financing transactions of the affiliate in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market on September 12, 2008; (iv) The member bank’s top-tier holding company guarantees the obligations of the affiliate under the securities financing transactions (or provides other security to the bank that is acceptable to the Board); and (v) The member bank has not been specifically informed by the Board, after consultation with the member bank’s appropriate Federal banking agency, that the member bank may not use this exemption. (2) For purposes of this exemption: (i) Securities financing transaction means: (A) A purchase by a member bank from an affiliate of a security or other asset, subject to an agreement by the affiliate to repurchase the asset from the member bank; (B) A borrowing of a security by a member bank from an affiliate on a collateralized basis; or (C) A secured extension of credit by a member bank to an affiliate. (ii) U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market means the U.S. market for securities financing transactions in which the counterparties use custodial arrangements provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank or Bank of New York or another financial institution approved by the Board. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, September 14, 2008. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E8–21792 Filed 9–18–08; 8:45 am] ACTION: Correcting Amendments. SUMMARY: This document contains a correction to §§ 1231.3 and 1231.4 of the interim final regulation concerning Golden Parachute Payments and Indemnification Payments published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. These sections should read ‘‘Reserved.’’ DATES: Effective Date: September 19, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alfred M. Pollard, General Counsel (OFHEO), telephone (202) 414–3788 or Christopher Curtis, General Counsel (FHFB), telephone (202) 408–2802 (not toll-free numbers), Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fourth Floor, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552. The telephone number for the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf is (800) 877–8339. Need for Correction As published on September 16, 2008, the interim final regulation contained clerical errors, which these amendments correct. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 1231 Golden Parachutes, GovernmentSponsored Enterprises, Indemnification. Accordingly, part 1231 of Title 12 CFR Chapter XII is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: ■ PART 1231—GOLDEN PARACHUTE PAYMENTS AND INDEMNIFICATION PAYMENTS 1. The authority citation for part 1231 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4518(e). § 1231.3 [Reserved] 2. Section 1231.3 is removed and reserved. ■ § 1231.4 [Reserved] 3. Section 1231.4 is removed and reserved. ■ BILLING CODE 6210–01–P 12 CFR Part 1231 Dated: September 15, 2008. James B. Lockhart, III, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency. [FR Doc. E8–21903 Filed 9–16–08; 11:15 am] RIN 2590–AA08 BILLING CODE 8070–01–P yshivers on PROD1PC62 with RULES FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY Golden Parachute Payments and Indemnification Payments AGENCY: Federal Housing Finance Agency. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:21 Sep 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 54309 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY 19 CFR Part 12 [Docket No. USCBP–2008–0076; CBP Dec. 08–40] RIN 1505–AB99 Extension of Import Restrictions Imposed on Archaeological Material From Cambodia U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCIES: SUMMARY: This document amends Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect both continuing and new import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Cambodia. Import restrictions that were previously imposed by CBP Decision 03–28 on certain stone, metal, and ceramic archaeological materials that are due to expire on September 19, 2008, are extended. The Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, has made the requisite determination for the extension of import restrictions that previously existed and for amending the agreement so that it applies also to archaeological material of the Bronze and Iron Ages. Accordingly, these import restrictions will remain in effect until September 19, 2013, and title 19 of the CBP regulations is being amended to reflect this amended bilateral agreement. These restrictions are being extended pursuant to determinations of the United States Department of State made under the terms of the 1970 Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. This document also contains the amended Designated List of Archaeological Material that describes the articles to which the restrictions apply, including the new categories of objects (glass and bone) and the additional subcategories of stone and metal objects from the Bronze and Iron Age. DATES: Effective Date: This final rule is effective on September 19, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For legal aspects, George F. McCray, Esq., E:\FR\FM\19SER1.SGM 19SER1

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 223

[Regulation W; Docket No. R-1330]


Transactions Between Member Banks and Their Affiliates: Exemption 
for Certain Securities Financing Transactions Between a Member Bank and 
an Affiliate

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board).

ACTION: Interim final rule with request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: In light of the continuing unusual and exigent circumstances 
in the financial markets, the Board has adopted, on an interim final 
basis, a regulatory exemption for member banks from certain provisions 
of section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act and the Board's Regulation W. 
The exemption increases the capacity of member banks, subject to 
certain conditions designed to help ensure the safety and soundness of 
the banks, to enter into securities financing transactions with 
affiliates.

DATES: The interim final rule became effective on September 14, 2008. 
Comments must be received on or before October 31, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. R-1330, by 
any of the following methods:
    Agency Web Site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/
generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm.
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include docket number in 
the subject line of the message.
    Fax: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
    Mail: Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at 
http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as 
submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your 
comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact 
information.
    Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form 
in Room MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW.) 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark E. Van Der Weide, Assistant 
General Counsel, (202) 452-2263, Legal Division, or Norah M. Barger, 
Deputy Director, (202) 452-2402, Division of Banking Supervision and 
Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th 
Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20551. For the 
deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired only, teletypewriter (TTY), 
(202) 263-4869.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In light of the ongoing dislocations in the 
financial markets, and the potential impact of such dislocations on the 
functioning of the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market, the 
Board has adopted on an interim basis the following exemption from 
section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 371c) and the Board's 
Regulation W (12 CFR part 223). The exemption will facilitate the 
ability of an affiliate of a member bank (such as an SEC-registered 
broker-dealer) to obtain financing, if needed, for securities or other 
assets that the affiliate ordinarily would have financed through the 
U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market. The exemption is subject to 
several conditions designed to protect the safety and soundness of the 
member bank.
    First, the member bank may use the exemption to finance only those 
asset types that the affiliate currently finances in the U.S. tri-party 
repurchase agreement market.
    Second, the transactions must be marked to market daily and subject 
to daily margin maintenance requirements,

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and the member bank must be at least as over-collateralized in its 
securities financing transactions with the affiliate as the affiliate's 
clearing bank was in its U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement 
transactions with the affiliate on September 12, 2008. The Board 
expects the member bank and its affiliate to use standard industry 
documentation for the exempt securities financing transactions (which 
would, among other things, qualify the transactions as securities 
contracts or repurchase agreements for purposes of U.S. bankruptcy 
law).
    Third, to ensure that member banks use the exemption in a manner 
consistent with its purpose--that is, to help provide liquidity to the 
U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market--the aggregate risk profile 
of the exempt securities financing transactions must be no greater than 
the aggregate risk profile of the affiliate's U.S. tri-party repurchase 
agreement transactions on September 12, 2008. The exemption, therefore, 
permits an affiliate to obtain financing from its affiliated member 
bank for securities positions that the affiliate did not own or finance 
in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market on September 12, 
2008, but only if the new positions in the aggregate do not increase 
the overall risk profile of the affiliate's portfolio.
    Fourth, the member bank's top-tier holding company must guarantee 
the obligations of the affiliate under the securities financing 
transactions (or must provide other security to the bank that is 
acceptable to the Board). Any member bank that intends to use a form of 
credit enhancement other than a parent company guarantee must consult 
in advance with Board staff. An example of the type of other security 
arrangement that may be acceptable to the Board would be a pledge by 
the affiliate or parent holding company to the member bank of a 
sufficient amount of additional liquid, high-quality collateral.
    Fifth, a member bank may use the exemption only if the bank has not 
been specifically informed by the Board, after consultation with the 
bank's appropriate Federal banking agency, that the bank may not use 
this exemption. If the Board believes, after such consultation, that 
the exempt securities financing transactions pose an unacceptable level 
of risk to the bank, the Board may withdraw the exemption for the bank 
or may impose supplemental conditions on the bank's use of the 
exemption.
    Consistent with its purpose to ameliorate potential temporary 
dislocations in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market, the 
exemption will expire on January 30, 2009, unless extended by the 
Board.
    The Board notes that any securities financing transactions between 
the member bank and an affiliate are subject to the market terms 
requirement of section 23B of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 371c-
1). Section 23B requires that financial transactions between a bank and 
its affiliate be on terms and under circumstances (including credit 
standards) that are substantially the same, or at least as favorable to 
the bank, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions 
with or involving nonaffiliates. Among other things, section 23B would 
require the member bank to apply collateral haircuts to its affiliated 
securities financing transaction counterparty that are at least as 
strict as the bank would apply to comparable unaffiliated securities 
financing transaction counterparties.

Administrative Procedure Act

    Pursuant to sections 553(b) and (d) of the Administrative Procedure 
Act (5 U.S.C. 553(b) and (d)), the Board finds that there is good cause 
for making the exemption effective immediately on September 14, 2008, 
and that it is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public 
interest to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking and provide an 
opportunity to comment before the effective date. The Board has adopted 
the exemption in light of, and to help address, the continuing unusual 
and exigent circumstances in the financial markets. The exemption will 
provide immediate relief to participants in the U.S. tri-party 
repurchase agreement market affected by the current turmoil. The Board 
is soliciting comment on all aspects of the exemption and will make 
such changes that it considers to be appropriate or necessary after 
review of any comments received.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires an agency that is issuing a 
final rule to prepare and make available a regulatory flexibility 
analysis that describes the impact of the final rule on small entities. 
5 U.S.C. 603(a). The Regulatory Flexibility Act provides that an agency 
is not required to prepare and publish a regulatory flexibility 
analysis if the agency certifies that the final rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
5 U.S.C. 605(b).
    Pursuant to section 605(b), the Board certifies that this interim 
final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. The rule reduces regulatory burden on large 
and small insured depository institutions by granting an exemption from 
the Federal transactions with affiliates regime for insured depository 
institutions that engage in securities financing transactions with 
affiliates.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 
CFR 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board has reviewed the interim final rule 
under authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and 
Budget. The rule contains no collections of information pursuant to the 
Paperwork Reduction Act.

Plain Language

    Section 722 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires the Board to use 
``plain language'' in all proposed and final rules. In light of this 
requirement, the Board has sought to present the interim final rule in 
a simple and straightforward manner. The Board invites comment on 
whether the Board could take additional steps to make the rule easier 
to understand.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 223

    Banks, Banking, Federal Reserve System.

Authority and Issuance

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, Chapter II of Title 12 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

PART 223--TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN MEMBER BANKS AND THEIR AFFILIATES 
(REGULATION W)

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1. The authority citation for part 223 continues to read as follows:


    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 371c and 371c-1.

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2. In Sec.  223.42, add paragraph (n) to read as follows:


Sec.  223.42  What covered transactions are exempt from the 
quantitative limits, collateral requirements, and low-quality asset 
prohibition?

* * * * *
    (n) Securities financing transactions. (1) From September 15, 2008, 
until January 30, 2009 (unless further extended by the Board), 
securities financing transactions with an affiliate, if:
    (i) The security or other asset financed by the member bank in the 
transaction is of a type that the affiliate financed in the U.S. tri-
party repurchase agreement market at any time during the week of 
September 8-12, 2008;

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    (ii) The transaction is marked to market daily and subject to daily 
margin-maintenance requirements, and the member bank is at least as 
over-collateralized in the transaction as the affiliate's clearing bank 
was over-collateralized in comparable transactions with the affiliate 
in the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market on September 12, 
2008;
    (iii) The aggregate risk profile of the securities financing 
transactions under this exemption is no greater than the aggregate risk 
profile of the securities financing transactions of the affiliate in 
the U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market on September 12, 2008;
    (iv) The member bank's top-tier holding company guarantees the 
obligations of the affiliate under the securities financing 
transactions (or provides other security to the bank that is acceptable 
to the Board); and
    (v) The member bank has not been specifically informed by the 
Board, after consultation with the member bank's appropriate Federal 
banking agency, that the member bank may not use this exemption.
    (2) For purposes of this exemption:
    (i) Securities financing transaction means:
    (A) A purchase by a member bank from an affiliate of a security or 
other asset, subject to an agreement by the affiliate to repurchase the 
asset from the member bank;
    (B) A borrowing of a security by a member bank from an affiliate on 
a collateralized basis; or
    (C) A secured extension of credit by a member bank to an affiliate.
    (ii) U.S. tri-party repurchase agreement market means the U.S. 
market for securities financing transactions in which the 
counterparties use custodial arrangements provided by JPMorgan Chase 
Bank or Bank of New York or another financial institution approved by 
the Board.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, September 14, 2008.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
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