Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB, 60602-60607 [2017-27451]

Download as PDF 60602 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices notice to the public; that no earlier notice of the meeting was practicable; that the public interest did not require consideration of the matters in a meeting open to public observation; and that the matters could be considered in a closed meeting by authority of subsections (c)(4), (c)(6), (c)(8), (c)(9)(A)(ii), (c)(9)(B), and (c)(10) of the ‘‘Government in the Sunshine Act’’ (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), (c)(6), (c)(8), (c)(9)(A)(ii), (c)(9)(B), and (c)(10). Dated: December 19, 2017. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary. Rules of Operation * [FR Doc. 2017–27608 Filed 12–19–17; 4:15 pm] FEDERAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS EXAMINATION COUNCIL [Docket No. AS17–09] Notice of Amendment to ASC Rules of Operation Governing Frequency of Regular Meetings of the Appraisal Subcommittee Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. ACTION: Notice of amendment to ASC Rules of Operation governing frequency of regular Meetings of the Appraisal Subcommittee. AGENCY: The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council is amending section 3.06(e) of the ASC Rules of Operation, which addresses the scheduling of regular Meetings of the ASC. As amended, the ASC will meet at least quarterly instead of every two months (bi-monthly). DATES: Applicable Date: Immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James R. Park, Executive Director, at (202) 595–7575, or Alice M. Ritter, General Counsel, at (202) 595–7577, Appraisal Subcommittee, 1401 H Street NW, Suite 760, Washington, DC 20005. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ASC, on May 29, 1991, adopted ASC Rules of Operation, which were published at 56 FR 28561 (June 21, 1991). The ASC Rules of Operation describe, among other things, the organization of ASC Meetings, notice requirements for Meetings, quorum requirements and certain practices regarding the disclosure of information. Section 3.06(e) as amended provides that the ASC will meet at least quarterly instead of every two months (bi-monthly). The ASC is publishing amended Section 3.06(e) pursuant to 5 U.S.C. SUMMARY: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES * * * * Article III Organization and Operation of the ASC BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 552(a)(1)(C) governing publication of agency rules of operation in the Federal Register. The notice and publication requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553 do not apply to the adoption of Section 3.06(e) because it is a ‘‘rule of agency organization, procedure, or practice’’ exempt from the public notice and comment process under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A). Based on the foregoing, the ASC adopts amended Section 3.06(e) of the Rules of Operation, as follows, effective immediately: 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 * * * * * Section 3.06. Organization of ASC Meetings. * * * * * (e) Regular meetings of the ASC shall be held at least quarterly, unless not practicable, at the call of the Chairperson. Special meetings shall be held as provided in section 3.07(b) below. * * * * * By the Appraisal Subcommittee. Dated: December 15, 2017. Arthur Lindo, Chairman. [FR Doc. 2017–27513 Filed 12–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6700–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is adopting a proposal to extend for three years, without revision, the Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements Associated with Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships with Covered Funds (Regulation VV) (FR VV; OMB No. 7100–0360). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 452–3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263–4869, Board of Governors of AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–6974. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB’s public docket files. The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three Years, Without Revision, of the Following Report Report title: Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements Associated with Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships with Covered Funds (Regulation VV). Agency form number: FR VV. OMB control number: 7100–0360. Frequency: Annual, monthly, quarterly, and on occasion. Respondents: State member banks, bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies, foreign banking organizations, U.S. State branches or agencies of foreign banks, and other holding companies that control an insured depository institution and any subsidiary of the foregoing other than a subsidiary for which the OCC, FDIC, CFTC, or SEC is the primary financial regulatory agency. The Board will take burden for all institutions under a holding company including: • OCC-supervised institutions, • FDIC-supervised institutions, • Banking entities for which the CFTC is the primary financial regulatory agency, as defined in section 2(12)(C) of the Dodd-Frank Act, and E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices • Banking entities for which the SEC is the primary financial regulatory agency, as defined in section 2(12)(B) of the Dodd-Frank Act. Estimated number of respondents: 5,027. Estimated average hours per response: Reporting Burden § ll.12(e)—20 hours (Initial setup 50 hours). § ll.20(d) (entities with $50 billion or greater in trading assets and liabilities)—2 hours (Initial setup 6 hours). § ll.20(d) (entities with at least $10 billion and less than $50 billion in trading assets and liabilities)—2 hours (Initial setup 6 hours). Recordkeeping Burden § ll.3(d)(3)—1 hour (Initial setup 3 hours). § ll.4(b)(3)(i)(A)—2 hours. § ll.5(c)—100 hours (Initial setup 50 hours). § ll.11(a)(2)—10 hours. § ll.20(b)—265 hours (Initial setup 795 hours). § ll.20(c)—1,200 hours (Initial setup 3,600 hours). § ll.20(d)—(entities with $50 billion or more in trading assets and liabilities) 440 hours. § ll.20(d)—(entities with at least $10 billion and less than $50 billion in trading assets and liabilities) 350 hours. § ll.20(e)—200 hours. § ll.20(f)(1)—8 hours. § ll.20(f)(2)—40 hours (Initial setup 100 hours). daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Disclosure Burden § ll.11(a)(8)(i)—0.1 hours. Estimated annual burden hours: 1,085,690 hours (718,388 hours for initial setup and 367,302 hours for ongoing compliance). General description of report: The Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (collectively, the agencies) adopted a final rule that implemented section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (BHC Act), which was added by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Section 13 contains certain prohibitions and restrictions on the ability of a banking entity supervised by the agencies to engage in proprietary trading and have certain interests in, or relationships with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. Section 248.20 and Appendix A of VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 Regulation VV require certain of the largest banking entities engaged in significant trading activities to collect, evaluate, and furnish data regarding covered trading activities as an indicator of areas meriting additional attention by the banking entity and the Board.1 The reporting requirements are found in sections 248.12(e) and 248.20(d); the recordkeeping requirements are found in sections 248.3(d)(3), 248.4(b)(3)(i)(A), 248.5(c), 248.11(a)(2), and 248.20(b)–(f); and the disclosure requirements are found in section 248.11(a)(8)(i). The recordkeeping burden for sections 248.4(a)(2)(iii), 248.4(b)(2)(iii), 248.5(b)(1), 248.5(b)(2)(i), 248.5(b)(2)(iv), 248.13(a)(2)(i), and 248.13(a)(2)(ii)(A) is accounted for in section 248.20(b); the recordkeeping burden for Appendix B is accounted for in section 248.20(c); the reporting and recordkeeping burden for Appendix A is accounted for in section 248.20(d); and the recordkeeping burden for sections 248.10(c)(12)(i) and 248.10(c)(12)(iii) is accounted for in section 248.20(e). These information collection requirements for the Board implemented section 13 of the BHC Act for banking entities for which the Board is authorized to issue regulations under section 13(b)(2) of the BHC Act and take actions under section 13(e) of that Act. These banking entities include any state bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, any company that controls an insured depository institution (including a bank holding company and savings and loan holding company), any company that is treated as a bank holding company for purposes of section 8 of the International Banking Act, and any subsidiary of the foregoing other than a subsidiary for which the OCC, FDIC, CFTC, or SEC is the primary financial regulatory agency. The Board takes burden for all institutions under a holding company including OCCsupervised institutions, FDICsupervised institutions, banking entities for which the CFTC is the primary financial regulatory agency, and banking entities for which the SEC is the primary financial regulatory agency. Compliance with the information collection is required for covered entities to obtain the benefit of engaging in certain types of proprietary trading or investing in, sponsoring, or having certain relationships with a hedge fund or private equity fund. No other federal 1 As announced in the joint implementing rules, the agencies are currently in the process of conducting a review of the reported data on covered trading activities collected through September 30, 2015, and, based on this review, are considering whether to modify, retain, or replace the reported data. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60603 law mandates these reporting, recordkeeping, and disclosure requirements. At this time, there are no required reporting forms associated with this information collection. Reporting Requirements Section 248.12(e) states that, upon application by a banking entity, the Board may extend the period of time to meet the requirements on ownership limitations in Regulation VV for up to two additional years, if the Board finds that an extension would be consistent with safety and soundness and not detrimental to the public interest. An application for extension must (1) be submitted to the Board at least 90 days prior to expiration of the applicable time period, (2) provide the reasons for application including information that addresses the factors in paragraph (e)(2) of section 248.12, and (3) explain the banking entity’s plan for reducing the permitted investment in a covered fund through redemption, sale, dilution, or other methods. Section 248.20(d) provides that a banking entity engaged in proprietary trading activity must comply with the reporting requirements described in Appendix A, if (1) the banking entity has, together with its affiliates and subsidiaries, trading assets and liabilities (excluding trading assets and liabilities involving obligations of or guaranteed by the United States or any agency of the United States) the average gross sum of which over the previous consecutive four quarters, as measured as of the last day of each of the four prior calendar quarters, equals or exceeds the established threshold; (2) in the case of a foreign banking entity, the average gross sum of the trading assets and liabilities of the combined U.S. operations of the foreign banking entity (including all subsidiaries, affiliates, branches and agencies of the foreign banking entity operating, located or organized in the United States and excluding trading assets and liabilities involving obligations of or guaranteed by the United States or any agency of the United States) over the previous consecutive four quarters, as measured as of the last day of each of the four prior calendar quarters, equals or exceeds the established threshold; or (3) the Board notifies the banking entity in writing that it must satisfy the reporting requirements contained in Appendix A. The threshold for reporting is $50 billion beginning on June 30, 2014; $25 billion beginning on April 30, 2016; and $10 billion beginning on December 31, 2016. Unless the appropriate agency notifies the banking entity in writing that it must report on a different basis, E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 60604 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices a banking entity with $50 billion or more in trading assets and liabilities must report the information required by Appendix A for each calendar month within 30 days of the end of the relevant calendar month. Beginning with information for the month of January 2015, such information must be reported within 10 days of the end of that calendar month. Any other banking entity subject to Appendix A must report the information required by Appendix A for each calendar quarter within 30 days of the end of that calendar quarter unless the appropriate agency notifies the banking entity in writing that it must report on a different basis. Appendix A requires banking entities to furnish the following quantitative measurements for each trading desk of the banking entity: (1) Risk and position limits and usage; (2) risk factor sensitivities; (3) Value-at-Risk and stress Value-at-Risk; (4) comprehensive profit and loss attribution; (5) inventory turnover; (6) inventory aging; and (7) customer facing trade ratio. Risk and position limits are the constraints that define the amount of risk that a trading desk is permitted to take at a point in time, as defined by the banking entity for a specific trading desk. Usage represents the portion of the trading desk’s limits that are accounted for by the current activity of the desk. Risk and position limits must be reported in the format used by the banking entity for the purposes of risk management of each trading desk. Risk and position limits are often expressed in terms of risk measures, such as Value-at-Risk (VaR) and risk factor sensitivities, but may also be expressed in terms of other observable criteria, such as net open positions. When criteria other than VaR or risk factor sensitivities are used to define the risk and position limits, both the value of the risk and position limits and the value of the variables used to assess whether these limits have been reached must be reported. The calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is daily. Risk factor sensitivities are changes in a trading desk’s comprehensive profit and loss that are expected to occur in the event of a change in one or more underlying variables that are significant sources of the trading desk’s profitability and risk. A banking entity must report the risk factor sensitivities that are monitored and managed as part of the trading desk’s overall risk management policy. The underlying data and methods used to compute a trading desk’s risk factor sensitivities will depend on the specific function of VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 the trading desk and the internal risk management models employed. The number and type of risk factor sensitivities that are monitored and managed by a trading desk, and furnished to the appropriate agency, will depend on the explicit risks assumed by the trading desk. In general, however, reported risk factor sensitivities must be sufficiently granular to account for a preponderance of the expected price variation in the trading desk’s holdings. Trading desks must take into account any relevant factors in calculating risk factor sensitivities, including, for example, the following with respect to particular asset classes: Commodity derivative positions, credit positions, credit-related derivative positions, equity derivative positions, equity positions, foreign exchange derivative positions, and interest rate positions, including interest rate derivative positions. The methods used by a banking entity to calculate sensitivities to a common factor shared by multiple trading desks, such as an equity price factor, must be applied consistently across its trading desks so that the sensitivities can be compared from one trading desk to another. The calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is daily. VaR is the commonly used percentile measurement of the risk of future financial loss in the value of a given set of aggregated positions over a specified period of time, based on current market conditions. Stress VaR is the percentile measurement of the risk of future financial loss in the value of a given set of aggregated positions over a specified period of time, based on market conditions during a period of significant financial stress. Banking entities must compute and report VaR and stress VaR by employing generally accepted standards and methods of calculation. VaR should reflect a loss in a trading desk that is expected to be exceeded less than one percent of the time over a oneday period. For those banking entities that are subject to regulatory capital requirements imposed by a Federal banking agency, VaR and stress VaR must be computed and reported in a manner that is consistent with such regulatory capital requirements. In cases where a trading desk does not have a standalone VaR or stress VaR calculation but is part of a larger aggregation of positions for which a VaR or stress VaR calculation is performed, a VaR or stress VaR calculation that includes only the trading desk’s holdings must be performed consistent with the VaR or stress VaR model and methodology used for the larger PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 aggregation of positions. The calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is daily. Comprehensive profit and loss attribution is an analysis that attributes the daily fluctuation in the value of a trading desk’s positions to various sources. First, the daily profit and loss of the aggregated positions is divided into three categories: (1) Profit and loss attributable to a trading desk’s existing positions that were also positions held by the trading desk as of the end of the prior day (existing positions); (2) profit and loss attributable to new positions resulting from the current day’s trading activity (new positions); and (3) residual profit and loss that cannot be specifically attributed to existing positions or new positions. The sum of (1), (2), and (3) must equal the trading desk’s comprehensive profit and loss at each point in time. In addition, profit and loss measurements must calculate volatility of comprehensive profit and loss (i.e., the standard deviation of the trading desk’s one-day profit and loss, in dollar terms) for the reporting period for at least a 30-, 60-, and 90-day lag period, from the end of the reporting period, and any other period that the banking entity deems necessary to meet the requirements of the rule. The specific categories used by a trading desk in the comprehensive profit and loss attribution analysis and amount of detail for the analysis should be tailored to the type and amount of trading activities undertaken by the trading desk. The new position attribution must be computed by calculating the difference between the prices at which instruments were bought and/or sold and the prices at which those instruments are marked to market at the close of business on that day multiplied by the notional or principal amount of each purchase or sale. Any fees, commissions, or other payments received (paid) that are associated with transactions executed on that day must be added (subtracted) from such difference. These factors must be measured consistently over time to facilitate historical comparisons. The calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is daily. Inventory turnover is a ratio that measures the turnover of a trading desk’s inventory. The numerator of the ratio is the absolute value of all transactions over the reporting period. The denominator of the ratio is the value of the trading desk’s inventory at the beginning of the reporting period. For derivatives other than options and interest rate derivatives, value means gross notional value. For options, value means delta adjusted notional value. For E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices interest rate derivatives, value means 10-year bond equivalent value. The calculation period is 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days and the measurement frequency is daily. Inventory aging generally describes a schedule of the trading desk’s aggregate assets and liabilities and the amount of time that those assets and liabilities have been held. Inventory aging should measure the age profile of the trading desk’s assets and liabilities. In general, inventory aging must be computed using a trading desk’s trading activity data and must identify the value of a trading desk’s aggregate assets and liabilities. Inventory aging must include two schedules, an asset-aging schedule and a liability-aging schedule. Each schedule must record the value of assets or liabilities held over all holding periods. For derivatives other than options and interest rate derivatives, value means gross notional value. For options, value means delta adjusted notional value. For interest rate derivatives, value means 10-year bond equivalent value. The calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is daily. The customer-facing trade ratio is a ratio comparing (1) the transactions involving a counterparty that is a customer of the trading desk to (2) the transactions involving a counterparty that is not a customer of the trading desk. A trade count based ratio must be computed that records the number of transactions involving a counterparty that is a customer of the trading desk and the number of transactions involving a counterparty that is not a customer of the trading desk. A value based ratio must be computed that records the value of transactions involving a counterparty that is a customer of the trading desk and the value of transactions involving a counterparty that is not a customer of the trading desk. For purposes of calculating the customer-facing trade ratio, a counterparty is considered to be a customer of the trading desk if the counterparty is a market participant that makes use of the banking entity’s market making-related services by obtaining such services, responding to quotations, or entering into a continuing relationship with respect to such services. However, a trading desk or other organizational unit of another banking entity would not be a client, customer, or counterparty of the trading desk if the other entity has trading assets and liabilities of $50 billion or more as measured in accordance with section 248.20(d)(1) unless the trading desk documents how and why a particular trading desk or other VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 organizational unit of the entity should be treated as a client, customer, or counterparty of the trading desk. Transactions conducted anonymously on an exchange or similar trading facility that permits trading on behalf of a broad range of market participants would be considered transactions with customers of the trading desk. For derivatives other than options and interest rate derivatives, value means gross notional value. For options, value means delta adjusted notional value. For interest rate derivatives, value means 10-year bond equivalent value. The calculation period is 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days and the measurement frequency is daily. Recordkeeping Requirements Section 248.3(d)(3) specifies that proprietary trading does not include any purchase or sale of a security by a banking entity for the purpose of liquidity management in accordance with a documented liquidity management plan of the banking entity that (1) specifically contemplates and authorizes the particular securities to be used for liquidity management purposes, the amount, types, and risks of these securities that are consistent with liquidity management, and the liquidity circumstances in which the particular securities may or must be used; (2) requires that any purchase or sale of securities contemplated and authorized by the plan be principally for the purpose of managing the liquidity of the banking entity, and not for the purpose of short-term resale, benefitting from actual or expected short-term price movements, realizing short-term arbitrage profits, or hedging a position taken for such short-term purposes; (3) requires that any securities purchased or sold for liquidity management purposes be highly liquid and limited to securities the market, credit and other risks of which the banking entity does not reasonably expect to give rise to appreciable profits or losses as a result of short-term price movements; (4) limits any securities purchased or sold for liquidity management purposes, together with any other instruments purchased or sold for such purposes, to an amount that is consistent with the banking entity’s near-term funding needs, including deviations from normal operations of the banking entity or any affiliate thereof, as estimated and documented pursuant to methods specified in the plan; (5) includes written policies and procedures, internal controls, analysis and independent testing to ensure that the purchase and sale of securities that are not permitted under section 248.6(a) or PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60605 (b) are for the purpose of liquidity management and in accordance with the liquidity management plan described in this paragraph; and (6) is consistent with the appropriate agency’s supervisory requirements, guidance, and expectations regarding liquidity management. Section 248.4(b)(3)(i)(A) provides that a trading desk or other organizational unit of another banking entity with more than $50 billion in trading assets and liabilities is not a client, customer, or counterparty unless the trading desk documents how and why a particular trading desk or other organizational unit of the entity should be treated as a client, customer, or counterparty of the trading desk for purposes of section 248.4(b). Section 248.5(c) requires documentation for certain purchases or sales of a financial instrument for riskmitigating hedging purposes that is: (1) Not established by the specific trading desk establishing the underlying positions, contracts, or other holdings the risks of which the hedging activity is designed to reduce; (2) established by the specific trading desk establishing or responsible for the underlying positions, contracts, or other holdings but that is not specifically identified in the trading desk’s written policies and procedures; or (3) established to hedge aggregated positions across two or more trading desks. In connection with any purchase or sale that meets these specified circumstances, a banking entity must, at a minimum and contemporaneously with the purchase or sale, document (1) the specific, identifiable risk(s) of the identified positions, contracts, or other holdings of the banking entity that the purchase or sale is designed to reduce; (2) the specific risk-mitigating strategy that the purchase or sale is designed to fulfill; and (3) the trading desk or other business unit that is establishing and responsible for the hedge. The banking entity must also create and retain records sufficient to demonstrate compliance with this section for at least five years in a form that allows the banking entity to promptly produce such records to the appropriate agency on request, or such longer period as required under other law or this part. Section 248.11(a)(2) requires that a banking entity must create a written plan or similar documentation in order to acquire or retain an ownership interest in a covered fund that is organized and offered by the banking entity pursuant to that exemption. The covered fund must be organized and offered only in connection with the provision of bona fide trust, fiduciary, investment advisory, or commodity E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 60606 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices trading advisory services and only to persons that are customers of such services of the banking entity. The written plan or similar documentation must outline how the banking entity intends to provide advisory or other similar services to its customers through organizing and offering the covered fund. Section 248.20(a) requires each banking entity to develop a compliance program reasonably designed to ensure and monitor compliance with the prohibitions and restrictions on proprietary trading and covered fund activities and investments set forth in section 13 of the BHC Act. For a banking entity with total consolidated assets over $10 billion, the compliance program from section 248.20(b) must include: (1) Written policies and procedures reasonably designed to document, describe, monitor and limit trading activities, including setting and monitoring required limits set out in sections 248.4 and 248.5 and activities and investments with respect to a covered fund (including those permitted under sections 248.3 through 248.6 or sections 248.11 through 248.14) to ensure that all activities and investments conducted by the banking entity that are subject to section 13 of the BHC Act and Subpart D of Regulation VV comply with section 13 of the BHC Act and applicable regulations; (2) a system of internal controls reasonably designed to monitor compliance with section 13 of the BHC Act and Subpart D of Regulation VV and to prevent the occurrence of activities or investments that are prohibited by section 13 of the BHC Act and applicable regulations; (3) a management framework that clearly delineates responsibility and accountability for compliance with section 13 of the BHC Act and Subpart D of Regulation VV and includes appropriate management review of trading limits, strategies, hedging activities, investments, incentive compensation, and other matters identified in this part or by management as requiring attention; (4) independent testing and audit of the effectiveness of the compliance program conducted periodically by qualified personnel of the banking entity or by a qualified outside party; (5) training for trading personnel and managers, as well as other appropriate personnel, to effectively implement and enforce the compliance program; and (6) records sufficient to demonstrate compliance with section 13 of the BHC Act and applicable regulations, which a banking entity must promptly provide to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 Board upon request and retain for a period of no less than five years or such longer period as required by the Board. Section 248.20(c) specifies that the compliance program of a banking entity must satisfy the requirements and other standards contained in Appendix B, if (1) the banking entity engages in proprietary trading permitted under subpart B and is required to comply with the reporting requirements of section 248.20(d); (2) the banking entity has reported total consolidated assets as of the previous calendar year end of $50 billion or more or, in the case of a foreign banking entity, has total U.S. assets as of the previous calendar year end of $50 billion or more (including all subsidiaries, affiliates, branches and agencies of the foreign banking entity operating, located or organized in the United States); or (3) the Board notifies the banking entity in writing that it must satisfy the requirements and other standards contained in Appendix B. Appendix B provides enhanced minimum standards for compliance programs for banking entities that meet the thresholds in section 248.20(c) as described above. These include the establishment, maintenance, and enforcement of the enhanced compliance program and meeting the minimum written policies and procedures, internal controls, management framework, independent testing, training, and recordkeeping. The program must: (1) Be reasonably designed to identify, document, monitor, and report the permitted trading and covered fund activities and investments; identify, monitor, and promptly address the risk of these covered activities and investments and potential areas of noncompliance; and prevent activities or investments prohibited by, or that do not comply with, section 13 of the BHC Act and this part; (2) establish and enforce appropriate limits on covered activities and investments, including limits on size, scope, complexity, and risks of individual activities or investments consistent with the requirements of section 13 of the BHC Act and this part; (3) subject the effectiveness of the compliance program to periodic independent review and testing, and ensure that internal audit, corporate compliance, and internal control functions involved in review and testing are effective and independent; (4) make senior management and others accountable for effective implementation of compliance program and ensure that board of directors and chief executive officer (or equivalent) of the banking entity review effectiveness PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the compliance program; and (5) facilitate supervision and examination by the relevant agencies of permitted trading and covered fund activities and investments. Section 248.20(d) provides that certain banking entities engaged in certain proprietary trading activities must comply with the reporting requirements described in Appendix A. A banking entity subject to these requirements must also, for any quantitative measurement furnished to the appropriate agency pursuant to section 248.20(d) and Appendix A, create and maintain records documenting the preparation and content of these reports, as well as such information as is necessary to permit the appropriate agency to verify the accuracy of such reports, for a period of five years from the end of the calendar year for which the measurement was taken. Section 248.20(e) specifies additional recordkeeping requirements for covered funds. Any banking entity that has more than $10 billion in total consolidated assets as reported on December 31 of the previous two calendar years must maintain records that include: (1) Documentation of the exclusions or exemptions other than sections 3(c)(1) and 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 relied on by each fund sponsored by the banking entity (including all subsidiaries and affiliates) in determining that such fund is not a covered fund; (2) for each fund sponsored by the banking entity (including all subsidiaries and affiliates) for which the banking entity relies on one or more of the exclusions from the definition of covered fund provided by sections 248.10(c)(1), 248.10(c)(5), 248.10(c)(8), 248.10(c)(9), or 248.10(c)(10) of subpart C of the final rule, documentation supporting the banking entity’s determination that the fund is not a covered fund pursuant to one or more of those exclusions; (3) for each seeding vehicle described in sections 248.10(c)(12)(i) or 248.10(c)(12)(iii) of subpart C that will become a registered investment company or SEC-regulated business development company, a written plan documenting the banking entity’s determination that the seeding vehicle will become a registered investment company or SEC-regulated business development company, the period of time during which the vehicle will operate as a seeding vehicle, and the banking entity’s plan to market the vehicle to third-party investors and convert it into a registered investment company or SEC-regulated business development company within the time E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES period specified in section 248.12(a)(2)(i)(B) of subpart C; and (4) for any banking entity that is, or is controlled directly or indirectly by a banking entity that is, located in or organized under the laws of the United States or of any State, if the aggregate amount of ownership interests in foreign public funds that are described in section 248.10(c)(1) of subpart C owned by such banking entity (including ownership interests owned by any affiliate that is controlled directly or indirectly by a banking entity that is located in or organized under the laws of the United States or of any State) exceeds $50 million at the end of two or more consecutive calendar quarters, beginning with the next succeeding calendar quarter, documentation of the value of the ownership interests owned by the banking entity (and such affiliates) in each foreign public fund and each jurisdiction in which any such foreign public fund is organized, calculated as of the end of each calendar quarter, which documentation must continue until the banking entity’s aggregate amount of ownership interests in foreign public funds is below $50 million for two consecutive calendar quarters. Pursuant to section 248.20(f)(1), a banking entity that does not engage in activities or investments pursuant to subpart B or subpart C (other than trading activities permitted pursuant to section 248.6(a) of subpart B) may satisfy the requirements of section 248.20 by establishing the required compliance program prior to becoming engaged in such activities or making such investments (other than trading activities permitted pursuant to section 248.6(a) of subpart B). Pursuant to section 248.20(f)(2) a banking entity with total consolidated assets of $10 billion or less as reported on December 31 of the previous two calendar years that engages in activities or investments pursuant to subpart B or subpart C (other than trading activities permitted under section 248.6(a)) may satisfy the requirements of section 248.20 by including in its existing compliance policies and procedures appropriate references to the requirements of section 13 and this part and adjustments as appropriate given the activities, size, scope, and complexity of the banking entity. Disclosure Requirements Section 248.11(a)(8)(i) requires that a banking entity must clearly and conspicuously disclose, in writing, to any prospective and actual investor in the covered fund (such as through disclosure in the covered fund’s offering VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 documents) (1) that ‘‘any losses in [such covered fund] will be borne solely by investors in [the covered fund] and not by [the banking entity]; therefore, [the banking entity’s] losses in [such covered fund] will be limited to losses attributable to the ownership interests in the covered fund held by [the banking entity] in its capacity as investor in the [covered fund] or as beneficiary of a carried interest held by [the banking entity]’’; (2) that such investor should read the fund offering documents before investing in the covered fund; (3) that the ‘‘ownership interests in the covered fund are not insured by the FDIC, and are not deposits, obligations of, or endorsed or guaranteed in any way, by any banking entity’’ (unless that happens to be the case); and (4) the role of the banking entity and its affiliates and employees in sponsoring or providing any services to the covered fund. Legal authorization and confidentiality: The Board’s Legal Division has determined that section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) authorizes the Board and the other agencies to issue rules to carry out the purposes of the section (12 U.S.C. 1851(b)(2)). In addition, section 13 requires the agencies to issue regulations regarding internal controls and recordkeeping to ensure compliance with section 13 (12 U.S.C. 1851(e)(1)). The information collection is required in order for covered entities to obtain the benefit of engaging in certain types of proprietary trading or investing in, sponsoring, or having certain relationships with a hedge fund or private equity fund, under the restrictions set forth in section 13 and the final rule. As required information, the information submitted under sections 248.12(e) and 248.20(d) of the rule can be withheld under exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) if disclosure would result in substantial competitive harm (National Parks and Conservation Association v. Morton, 498 F.2d 765 (DC Cir. 1974)). The information required to be submitted meets this test, as detailed below. In addition, the information is ‘‘contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared . . . for the use of’’ the Board, and thus may be withheld under exemption 8 of FOIA. Under section 248.12(e), the banking entity, as part of any request to extend the period to divest ownership of a covered fund, must provide to the agency (among other information): The total exposure of the banking entity to the covered fund and its materiality to the institution; the risks and costs of PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 60607 disposing of, or maintaining the fund, within the applicable period; and the contractual terms governing the banking entity’s interest in the covered fund. Among the types of information required to be submitted under section 248.20(d) and Appendix A are (1) risk and position limits and usage; (2) risk factor sensitivities; (3) Value-at-Risk and stress Value-at-Risk; (4) comprehensive profit and loss attribution; (5) inventory turnover; (6) inventory aging; and (7) customer facing trade ratio. Disclosure of this type of internal proprietary business information would clearly cause substantial competitive harm. Regarding the information contained in the rule subject to recordkeeping requirements only, no issues of confidentiality normally would arise. If such information were gathered by the Federal Reserve during the course of supervisory examinations and inspections, however, such information normally would be deemed exempt under exemption 8 of FOIA. The information collected in response to these recordkeeping requirements would be confidential commercial and financial information of the type normally exempt from disclosure under exemption 4 of FOIA, if gathered by the Federal Reserve. Such information includes: the banking entity’s liquidity management plan to qualify for certain regulatory exclusions under section 248.3(d)(3); documentation requirements for certain hedging transactions or exemptions under sections 248.5(c) and 248.11(a)(2); and a detailed compliance program (or equivalent trading policies and procedures) under sections 248.20(b)– (f). Current actions: On August 2, 2017, the Board published a notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 35947) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the FR VV. The comment period for this notice expired on October 2, 2017. The Board did not receive any comments. The information collection will be extended as proposed. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 15, 2017. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–27451 Filed 12–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board 
Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) 
is adopting a proposal to extend for three years, without revision, the 
Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements Associated with 
Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships with 
Covered Funds (Regulation VV) (FR VV; OMB No. 7100-0360).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer--Nuha Elmaghrabi--Office of 
the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 452-3829. Telecommunications Device 
for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.
    OMB Desk Officer--Shagufta Ahmed--Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive 
Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 
or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to 
collection of information requests and requirements conducted or 
sponsored by the Board. Board-approved collections of information are 
incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved 
collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of 
information instrument(s) are placed into OMB's public docket files. 
The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is 
not required to respond to, an information collection that has been 
extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless 
it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three 
Years, Without Revision, of the Following Report

    Report title: Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements 
Associated with Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and 
Relationships with Covered Funds (Regulation VV).
    Agency form number: FR VV.
    OMB control number: 7100-0360.
    Frequency: Annual, monthly, quarterly, and on occasion.
    Respondents: State member banks, bank holding companies, savings 
and loan holding companies, foreign banking organizations, U.S. State 
branches or agencies of foreign banks, and other holding companies that 
control an insured depository institution and any subsidiary of the 
foregoing other than a subsidiary for which the OCC, FDIC, CFTC, or SEC 
is the primary financial regulatory agency. The Board will take burden 
for all institutions under a holding company including:
     OCC-supervised institutions,
     FDIC-supervised institutions,
     Banking entities for which the CFTC is the primary 
financial regulatory agency, as defined in section 2(12)(C) of the 
Dodd-Frank Act, and

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     Banking entities for which the SEC is the primary 
financial regulatory agency, as defined in section 2(12)(B) of the 
Dodd-Frank Act.
    Estimated number of respondents: 5,027.
    Estimated average hours per response:

Reporting Burden

    Sec.  __.12(e)--20 hours (Initial setup 50 hours).
    Sec.  __.20(d) (entities with $50 billion or greater in trading 
assets and liabilities)--2 hours (Initial setup 6 hours).
    Sec.  __.20(d) (entities with at least $10 billion and less than 
$50 billion in trading assets and liabilities)--2 hours (Initial setup 
6 hours).

Recordkeeping Burden

    Sec.  __.3(d)(3)--1 hour (Initial setup 3 hours).
    Sec.  __.4(b)(3)(i)(A)--2 hours.
    Sec.  __.5(c)--100 hours (Initial setup 50 hours).
    Sec.  __.11(a)(2)--10 hours.
    Sec.  __.20(b)--265 hours (Initial setup 795 hours).
    Sec.  __.20(c)--1,200 hours (Initial setup 3,600 hours).
    Sec.  __.20(d)--(entities with $50 billion or more in trading 
assets and liabilities) 440 hours.
    Sec.  __.20(d)--(entities with at least $10 billion and less than 
$50 billion in trading assets and liabilities) 350 hours.
    Sec.  __.20(e)--200 hours.
    Sec.  __.20(f)(1)--8 hours.
    Sec.  __.20(f)(2)--40 hours (Initial setup 100 hours).

Disclosure Burden

    Sec.  __.11(a)(8)(i)--0.1 hours.
    Estimated annual burden hours: 1,085,690 hours (718,388 hours for 
initial setup and 367,302 hours for ongoing compliance).
    General description of report: The Board, the Office of the 
Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance 
Corporation (FDIC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), 
and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (collectively, the 
agencies) adopted a final rule that implemented section 13 of the Bank 
Holding Company Act of 1956 (BHC Act), which was added by section 619 
of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-
Frank Act). Section 13 contains certain prohibitions and restrictions 
on the ability of a banking entity supervised by the agencies to engage 
in proprietary trading and have certain interests in, or relationships 
with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. Section 248.20 and Appendix 
A of Regulation VV require certain of the largest banking entities 
engaged in significant trading activities to collect, evaluate, and 
furnish data regarding covered trading activities as an indicator of 
areas meriting additional attention by the banking entity and the 
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    \1\ As announced in the joint implementing rules, the agencies 
are currently in the process of conducting a review of the reported 
data on covered trading activities collected through September 30, 
2015, and, based on this review, are considering whether to modify, 
retain, or replace the reported data.
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    The reporting requirements are found in sections 248.12(e) and 
248.20(d); the recordkeeping requirements are found in sections 
248.3(d)(3), 248.4(b)(3)(i)(A), 248.5(c), 248.11(a)(2), and 248.20(b)-
(f); and the disclosure requirements are found in section 
248.11(a)(8)(i). The recordkeeping burden for sections 
248.4(a)(2)(iii), 248.4(b)(2)(iii), 248.5(b)(1), 248.5(b)(2)(i), 
248.5(b)(2)(iv), 248.13(a)(2)(i), and 248.13(a)(2)(ii)(A) is accounted 
for in section 248.20(b); the recordkeeping burden for Appendix B is 
accounted for in section 248.20(c); the reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for Appendix A is accounted for in section 248.20(d); and the 
recordkeeping burden for sections 248.10(c)(12)(i) and 
248.10(c)(12)(iii) is accounted for in section 248.20(e). These 
information collection requirements for the Board implemented section 
13 of the BHC Act for banking entities for which the Board is 
authorized to issue regulations under section 13(b)(2) of the BHC Act 
and take actions under section 13(e) of that Act. These banking 
entities include any state bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve 
System, any company that controls an insured depository institution 
(including a bank holding company and savings and loan holding 
company), any company that is treated as a bank holding company for 
purposes of section 8 of the International Banking Act, and any 
subsidiary of the foregoing other than a subsidiary for which the OCC, 
FDIC, CFTC, or SEC is the primary financial regulatory agency. The 
Board takes burden for all institutions under a holding company 
including OCC-supervised institutions, FDIC-supervised institutions, 
banking entities for which the CFTC is the primary financial regulatory 
agency, and banking entities for which the SEC is the primary financial 
regulatory agency. Compliance with the information collection is 
required for covered entities to obtain the benefit of engaging in 
certain types of proprietary trading or investing in, sponsoring, or 
having certain relationships with a hedge fund or private equity fund. 
No other federal law mandates these reporting, recordkeeping, and 
disclosure requirements. At this time, there are no required reporting 
forms associated with this information collection.

Reporting Requirements

    Section 248.12(e) states that, upon application by a banking 
entity, the Board may extend the period of time to meet the 
requirements on ownership limitations in Regulation VV for up to two 
additional years, if the Board finds that an extension would be 
consistent with safety and soundness and not detrimental to the public 
interest. An application for extension must (1) be submitted to the 
Board at least 90 days prior to expiration of the applicable time 
period, (2) provide the reasons for application including information 
that addresses the factors in paragraph (e)(2) of section 248.12, and 
(3) explain the banking entity's plan for reducing the permitted 
investment in a covered fund through redemption, sale, dilution, or 
other methods.
    Section 248.20(d) provides that a banking entity engaged in 
proprietary trading activity must comply with the reporting 
requirements described in Appendix A, if (1) the banking entity has, 
together with its affiliates and subsidiaries, trading assets and 
liabilities (excluding trading assets and liabilities involving 
obligations of or guaranteed by the United States or any agency of the 
United States) the average gross sum of which over the previous 
consecutive four quarters, as measured as of the last day of each of 
the four prior calendar quarters, equals or exceeds the established 
threshold; (2) in the case of a foreign banking entity, the average 
gross sum of the trading assets and liabilities of the combined U.S. 
operations of the foreign banking entity (including all subsidiaries, 
affiliates, branches and agencies of the foreign banking entity 
operating, located or organized in the United States and excluding 
trading assets and liabilities involving obligations of or guaranteed 
by the United States or any agency of the United States) over the 
previous consecutive four quarters, as measured as of the last day of 
each of the four prior calendar quarters, equals or exceeds the 
established threshold; or (3) the Board notifies the banking entity in 
writing that it must satisfy the reporting requirements contained in 
Appendix A. The threshold for reporting is $50 billion beginning on 
June 30, 2014; $25 billion beginning on April 30, 2016; and $10 billion 
beginning on December 31, 2016. Unless the appropriate agency notifies 
the banking entity in writing that it must report on a different basis,

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a banking entity with $50 billion or more in trading assets and 
liabilities must report the information required by Appendix A for each 
calendar month within 30 days of the end of the relevant calendar 
month. Beginning with information for the month of January 2015, such 
information must be reported within 10 days of the end of that calendar 
month. Any other banking entity subject to Appendix A must report the 
information required by Appendix A for each calendar quarter within 30 
days of the end of that calendar quarter unless the appropriate agency 
notifies the banking entity in writing that it must report on a 
different basis. Appendix A requires banking entities to furnish the 
following quantitative measurements for each trading desk of the 
banking entity: (1) Risk and position limits and usage; (2) risk factor 
sensitivities; (3) Value-at-Risk and stress Value-at-Risk; (4) 
comprehensive profit and loss attribution; (5) inventory turnover; (6) 
inventory aging; and (7) customer facing trade ratio.
    Risk and position limits are the constraints that define the amount 
of risk that a trading desk is permitted to take at a point in time, as 
defined by the banking entity for a specific trading desk. Usage 
represents the portion of the trading desk's limits that are accounted 
for by the current activity of the desk. Risk and position limits must 
be reported in the format used by the banking entity for the purposes 
of risk management of each trading desk. Risk and position limits are 
often expressed in terms of risk measures, such as Value-at-Risk (VaR) 
and risk factor sensitivities, but may also be expressed in terms of 
other observable criteria, such as net open positions. When criteria 
other than VaR or risk factor sensitivities are used to define the risk 
and position limits, both the value of the risk and position limits and 
the value of the variables used to assess whether these limits have 
been reached must be reported. The calculation period is one trading 
day and the measurement frequency is daily.
    Risk factor sensitivities are changes in a trading desk's 
comprehensive profit and loss that are expected to occur in the event 
of a change in one or more underlying variables that are significant 
sources of the trading desk's profitability and risk. A banking entity 
must report the risk factor sensitivities that are monitored and 
managed as part of the trading desk's overall risk management policy. 
The underlying data and methods used to compute a trading desk's risk 
factor sensitivities will depend on the specific function of the 
trading desk and the internal risk management models employed. The 
number and type of risk factor sensitivities that are monitored and 
managed by a trading desk, and furnished to the appropriate agency, 
will depend on the explicit risks assumed by the trading desk. In 
general, however, reported risk factor sensitivities must be 
sufficiently granular to account for a preponderance of the expected 
price variation in the trading desk's holdings. Trading desks must take 
into account any relevant factors in calculating risk factor 
sensitivities, including, for example, the following with respect to 
particular asset classes: Commodity derivative positions, credit 
positions, credit-related derivative positions, equity derivative 
positions, equity positions, foreign exchange derivative positions, and 
interest rate positions, including interest rate derivative positions. 
The methods used by a banking entity to calculate sensitivities to a 
common factor shared by multiple trading desks, such as an equity price 
factor, must be applied consistently across its trading desks so that 
the sensitivities can be compared from one trading desk to another. The 
calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is 
daily.
    VaR is the commonly used percentile measurement of the risk of 
future financial loss in the value of a given set of aggregated 
positions over a specified period of time, based on current market 
conditions. Stress VaR is the percentile measurement of the risk of 
future financial loss in the value of a given set of aggregated 
positions over a specified period of time, based on market conditions 
during a period of significant financial stress. Banking entities must 
compute and report VaR and stress VaR by employing generally accepted 
standards and methods of calculation. VaR should reflect a loss in a 
trading desk that is expected to be exceeded less than one percent of 
the time over a one-day period. For those banking entities that are 
subject to regulatory capital requirements imposed by a Federal banking 
agency, VaR and stress VaR must be computed and reported in a manner 
that is consistent with such regulatory capital requirements. In cases 
where a trading desk does not have a standalone VaR or stress VaR 
calculation but is part of a larger aggregation of positions for which 
a VaR or stress VaR calculation is performed, a VaR or stress VaR 
calculation that includes only the trading desk's holdings must be 
performed consistent with the VaR or stress VaR model and methodology 
used for the larger aggregation of positions. The calculation period is 
one trading day and the measurement frequency is daily.
    Comprehensive profit and loss attribution is an analysis that 
attributes the daily fluctuation in the value of a trading desk's 
positions to various sources. First, the daily profit and loss of the 
aggregated positions is divided into three categories: (1) Profit and 
loss attributable to a trading desk's existing positions that were also 
positions held by the trading desk as of the end of the prior day 
(existing positions); (2) profit and loss attributable to new positions 
resulting from the current day's trading activity (new positions); and 
(3) residual profit and loss that cannot be specifically attributed to 
existing positions or new positions. The sum of (1), (2), and (3) must 
equal the trading desk's comprehensive profit and loss at each point in 
time. In addition, profit and loss measurements must calculate 
volatility of comprehensive profit and loss (i.e., the standard 
deviation of the trading desk's one-day profit and loss, in dollar 
terms) for the reporting period for at least a 30-, 60-, and 90-day lag 
period, from the end of the reporting period, and any other period that 
the banking entity deems necessary to meet the requirements of the 
rule. The specific categories used by a trading desk in the 
comprehensive profit and loss attribution analysis and amount of detail 
for the analysis should be tailored to the type and amount of trading 
activities undertaken by the trading desk. The new position attribution 
must be computed by calculating the difference between the prices at 
which instruments were bought and/or sold and the prices at which those 
instruments are marked to market at the close of business on that day 
multiplied by the notional or principal amount of each purchase or 
sale. Any fees, commissions, or other payments received (paid) that are 
associated with transactions executed on that day must be added 
(subtracted) from such difference. These factors must be measured 
consistently over time to facilitate historical comparisons. The 
calculation period is one trading day and the measurement frequency is 
daily.
    Inventory turnover is a ratio that measures the turnover of a 
trading desk's inventory. The numerator of the ratio is the absolute 
value of all transactions over the reporting period. The denominator of 
the ratio is the value of the trading desk's inventory at the beginning 
of the reporting period. For derivatives other than options and 
interest rate derivatives, value means gross notional value. For 
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interest rate derivatives, value means 10-year bond equivalent value. 
The calculation period is 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days and the 
measurement frequency is daily.
    Inventory aging generally describes a schedule of the trading 
desk's aggregate assets and liabilities and the amount of time that 
those assets and liabilities have been held. Inventory aging should 
measure the age profile of the trading desk's assets and liabilities. 
In general, inventory aging must be computed using a trading desk's 
trading activity data and must identify the value of a trading desk's 
aggregate assets and liabilities. Inventory aging must include two 
schedules, an asset-aging schedule and a liability-aging schedule. Each 
schedule must record the value of assets or liabilities held over all 
holding periods. For derivatives other than options and interest rate 
derivatives, value means gross notional value. For options, value means 
delta adjusted notional value. For interest rate derivatives, value 
means 10-year bond equivalent value. The calculation period is one 
trading day and the measurement frequency is daily.
    The customer-facing trade ratio is a ratio comparing (1) the 
transactions involving a counterparty that is a customer of the trading 
desk to (2) the transactions involving a counterparty that is not a 
customer of the trading desk. A trade count based ratio must be 
computed that records the number of transactions involving a 
counterparty that is a customer of the trading desk and the number of 
transactions involving a counterparty that is not a customer of the 
trading desk. A value based ratio must be computed that records the 
value of transactions involving a counterparty that is a customer of 
the trading desk and the value of transactions involving a counterparty 
that is not a customer of the trading desk. For purposes of calculating 
the customer-facing trade ratio, a counterparty is considered to be a 
customer of the trading desk if the counterparty is a market 
participant that makes use of the banking entity's market making-
related services by obtaining such services, responding to quotations, 
or entering into a continuing relationship with respect to such 
services. However, a trading desk or other organizational unit of 
another banking entity would not be a client, customer, or counterparty 
of the trading desk if the other entity has trading assets and 
liabilities of $50 billion or more as measured in accordance with 
section 248.20(d)(1) unless the trading desk documents how and why a 
particular trading desk or other organizational unit of the entity 
should be treated as a client, customer, or counterparty of the trading 
desk. Transactions conducted anonymously on an exchange or similar 
trading facility that permits trading on behalf of a broad range of 
market participants would be considered transactions with customers of 
the trading desk. For derivatives other than options and interest rate 
derivatives, value means gross notional value. For options, value means 
delta adjusted notional value. For interest rate derivatives, value 
means 10-year bond equivalent value. The calculation period is 30 days, 
60 days, and 90 days and the measurement frequency is daily.

Recordkeeping Requirements

    Section 248.3(d)(3) specifies that proprietary trading does not 
include any purchase or sale of a security by a banking entity for the 
purpose of liquidity management in accordance with a documented 
liquidity management plan of the banking entity that (1) specifically 
contemplates and authorizes the particular securities to be used for 
liquidity management purposes, the amount, types, and risks of these 
securities that are consistent with liquidity management, and the 
liquidity circumstances in which the particular securities may or must 
be used; (2) requires that any purchase or sale of securities 
contemplated and authorized by the plan be principally for the purpose 
of managing the liquidity of the banking entity, and not for the 
purpose of short-term resale, benefitting from actual or expected 
short-term price movements, realizing short-term arbitrage profits, or 
hedging a position taken for such short-term purposes; (3) requires 
that any securities purchased or sold for liquidity management purposes 
be highly liquid and limited to securities the market, credit and other 
risks of which the banking entity does not reasonably expect to give 
rise to appreciable profits or losses as a result of short-term price 
movements; (4) limits any securities purchased or sold for liquidity 
management purposes, together with any other instruments purchased or 
sold for such purposes, to an amount that is consistent with the 
banking entity's near-term funding needs, including deviations from 
normal operations of the banking entity or any affiliate thereof, as 
estimated and documented pursuant to methods specified in the plan; (5) 
includes written policies and procedures, internal controls, analysis 
and independent testing to ensure that the purchase and sale of 
securities that are not permitted under section 248.6(a) or (b) are for 
the purpose of liquidity management and in accordance with the 
liquidity management plan described in this paragraph; and (6) is 
consistent with the appropriate agency's supervisory requirements, 
guidance, and expectations regarding liquidity management.
    Section 248.4(b)(3)(i)(A) provides that a trading desk or other 
organizational unit of another banking entity with more than $50 
billion in trading assets and liabilities is not a client, customer, or 
counterparty unless the trading desk documents how and why a particular 
trading desk or other organizational unit of the entity should be 
treated as a client, customer, or counterparty of the trading desk for 
purposes of section 248.4(b).
    Section 248.5(c) requires documentation for certain purchases or 
sales of a financial instrument for risk-mitigating hedging purposes 
that is: (1) Not established by the specific trading desk establishing 
the underlying positions, contracts, or other holdings the risks of 
which the hedging activity is designed to reduce; (2) established by 
the specific trading desk establishing or responsible for the 
underlying positions, contracts, or other holdings but that is not 
specifically identified in the trading desk's written policies and 
procedures; or (3) established to hedge aggregated positions across two 
or more trading desks. In connection with any purchase or sale that 
meets these specified circumstances, a banking entity must, at a 
minimum and contemporaneously with the purchase or sale, document (1) 
the specific, identifiable risk(s) of the identified positions, 
contracts, or other holdings of the banking entity that the purchase or 
sale is designed to reduce; (2) the specific risk-mitigating strategy 
that the purchase or sale is designed to fulfill; and (3) the trading 
desk or other business unit that is establishing and responsible for 
the hedge. The banking entity must also create and retain records 
sufficient to demonstrate compliance with this section for at least 
five years in a form that allows the banking entity to promptly produce 
such records to the appropriate agency on request, or such longer 
period as required under other law or this part.
    Section 248.11(a)(2) requires that a banking entity must create a 
written plan or similar documentation in order to acquire or retain an 
ownership interest in a covered fund that is organized and offered by 
the banking entity pursuant to that exemption. The covered fund must be 
organized and offered only in connection with the provision of bona 
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trading advisory services and only to persons that are customers of 
such services of the banking entity. The written plan or similar 
documentation must outline how the banking entity intends to provide 
advisory or other similar services to its customers through organizing 
and offering the covered fund.
    Section 248.20(a) requires each banking entity to develop a 
compliance program reasonably designed to ensure and monitor compliance 
with the prohibitions and restrictions on proprietary trading and 
covered fund activities and investments set forth in section 13 of the 
BHC Act. For a banking entity with total consolidated assets over $10 
billion, the compliance program from section 248.20(b) must include: 
(1) Written policies and procedures reasonably designed to document, 
describe, monitor and limit trading activities, including setting and 
monitoring required limits set out in sections 248.4 and 248.5 and 
activities and investments with respect to a covered fund (including 
those permitted under sections 248.3 through 248.6 or sections 248.11 
through 248.14) to ensure that all activities and investments conducted 
by the banking entity that are subject to section 13 of the BHC Act and 
Subpart D of Regulation VV comply with section 13 of the BHC Act and 
applicable regulations; (2) a system of internal controls reasonably 
designed to monitor compliance with section 13 of the BHC Act and 
Subpart D of Regulation VV and to prevent the occurrence of activities 
or investments that are prohibited by section 13 of the BHC Act and 
applicable regulations; (3) a management framework that clearly 
delineates responsibility and accountability for compliance with 
section 13 of the BHC Act and Subpart D of Regulation VV and includes 
appropriate management review of trading limits, strategies, hedging 
activities, investments, incentive compensation, and other matters 
identified in this part or by management as requiring attention; (4) 
independent testing and audit of the effectiveness of the compliance 
program conducted periodically by qualified personnel of the banking 
entity or by a qualified outside party; (5) training for trading 
personnel and managers, as well as other appropriate personnel, to 
effectively implement and enforce the compliance program; and (6) 
records sufficient to demonstrate compliance with section 13 of the BHC 
Act and applicable regulations, which a banking entity must promptly 
provide to the Board upon request and retain for a period of no less 
than five years or such longer period as required by the Board.
    Section 248.20(c) specifies that the compliance program of a 
banking entity must satisfy the requirements and other standards 
contained in Appendix B, if (1) the banking entity engages in 
proprietary trading permitted under subpart B and is required to comply 
with the reporting requirements of section 248.20(d); (2) the banking 
entity has reported total consolidated assets as of the previous 
calendar year end of $50 billion or more or, in the case of a foreign 
banking entity, has total U.S. assets as of the previous calendar year 
end of $50 billion or more (including all subsidiaries, affiliates, 
branches and agencies of the foreign banking entity operating, located 
or organized in the United States); or (3) the Board notifies the 
banking entity in writing that it must satisfy the requirements and 
other standards contained in Appendix B. Appendix B provides enhanced 
minimum standards for compliance programs for banking entities that 
meet the thresholds in section 248.20(c) as described above. These 
include the establishment, maintenance, and enforcement of the enhanced 
compliance program and meeting the minimum written policies and 
procedures, internal controls, management framework, independent 
testing, training, and recordkeeping. The program must: (1) Be 
reasonably designed to identify, document, monitor, and report the 
permitted trading and covered fund activities and investments; 
identify, monitor, and promptly address the risk of these covered 
activities and investments and potential areas of noncompliance; and 
prevent activities or investments prohibited by, or that do not comply 
with, section 13 of the BHC Act and this part; (2) establish and 
enforce appropriate limits on covered activities and investments, 
including limits on size, scope, complexity, and risks of individual 
activities or investments consistent with the requirements of section 
13 of the BHC Act and this part; (3) subject the effectiveness of the 
compliance program to periodic independent review and testing, and 
ensure that internal audit, corporate compliance, and internal control 
functions involved in review and testing are effective and independent; 
(4) make senior management and others accountable for effective 
implementation of compliance program and ensure that board of directors 
and chief executive officer (or equivalent) of the banking entity 
review effectiveness of the compliance program; and (5) facilitate 
supervision and examination by the relevant agencies of permitted 
trading and covered fund activities and investments.
    Section 248.20(d) provides that certain banking entities engaged in 
certain proprietary trading activities must comply with the reporting 
requirements described in Appendix A. A banking entity subject to these 
requirements must also, for any quantitative measurement furnished to 
the appropriate agency pursuant to section 248.20(d) and Appendix A, 
create and maintain records documenting the preparation and content of 
these reports, as well as such information as is necessary to permit 
the appropriate agency to verify the accuracy of such reports, for a 
period of five years from the end of the calendar year for which the 
measurement was taken.
    Section 248.20(e) specifies additional recordkeeping requirements 
for covered funds. Any banking entity that has more than $10 billion in 
total consolidated assets as reported on December 31 of the previous 
two calendar years must maintain records that include: (1) 
Documentation of the exclusions or exemptions other than sections 
3(c)(1) and 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 relied on by 
each fund sponsored by the banking entity (including all subsidiaries 
and affiliates) in determining that such fund is not a covered fund; 
(2) for each fund sponsored by the banking entity (including all 
subsidiaries and affiliates) for which the banking entity relies on one 
or more of the exclusions from the definition of covered fund provided 
by sections 248.10(c)(1), 248.10(c)(5), 248.10(c)(8), 248.10(c)(9), or 
248.10(c)(10) of subpart C of the final rule, documentation supporting 
the banking entity's determination that the fund is not a covered fund 
pursuant to one or more of those exclusions; (3) for each seeding 
vehicle described in sections 248.10(c)(12)(i) or 248.10(c)(12)(iii) of 
subpart C that will become a registered investment company or SEC-
regulated business development company, a written plan documenting the 
banking entity's determination that the seeding vehicle will become a 
registered investment company or SEC-regulated business development 
company, the period of time during which the vehicle will operate as a 
seeding vehicle, and the banking entity's plan to market the vehicle to 
third-party investors and convert it into a registered investment 
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period specified in section 248.12(a)(2)(i)(B) of subpart C; and (4) 
for any banking entity that is, or is controlled directly or indirectly 
by a banking entity that is, located in or organized under the laws of 
the United States or of any State, if the aggregate amount of ownership 
interests in foreign public funds that are described in section 
248.10(c)(1) of subpart C owned by such banking entity (including 
ownership interests owned by any affiliate that is controlled directly 
or indirectly by a banking entity that is located in or organized under 
the laws of the United States or of any State) exceeds $50 million at 
the end of two or more consecutive calendar quarters, beginning with 
the next succeeding calendar quarter, documentation of the value of the 
ownership interests owned by the banking entity (and such affiliates) 
in each foreign public fund and each jurisdiction in which any such 
foreign public fund is organized, calculated as of the end of each 
calendar quarter, which documentation must continue until the banking 
entity's aggregate amount of ownership interests in foreign public 
funds is below $50 million for two consecutive calendar quarters.
    Pursuant to section 248.20(f)(1), a banking entity that does not 
engage in activities or investments pursuant to subpart B or subpart C 
(other than trading activities permitted pursuant to section 248.6(a) 
of subpart B) may satisfy the requirements of section 248.20 by 
establishing the required compliance program prior to becoming engaged 
in such activities or making such investments (other than trading 
activities permitted pursuant to section 248.6(a) of subpart B).
    Pursuant to section 248.20(f)(2) a banking entity with total 
consolidated assets of $10 billion or less as reported on December 31 
of the previous two calendar years that engages in activities or 
investments pursuant to subpart B or subpart C (other than trading 
activities permitted under section 248.6(a)) may satisfy the 
requirements of section 248.20 by including in its existing compliance 
policies and procedures appropriate references to the requirements of 
section 13 and this part and adjustments as appropriate given the 
activities, size, scope, and complexity of the banking entity.

Disclosure Requirements

    Section 248.11(a)(8)(i) requires that a banking entity must clearly 
and conspicuously disclose, in writing, to any prospective and actual 
investor in the covered fund (such as through disclosure in the covered 
fund's offering documents) (1) that ``any losses in [such covered fund] 
will be borne solely by investors in [the covered fund] and not by [the 
banking entity]; therefore, [the banking entity's] losses in [such 
covered fund] will be limited to losses attributable to the ownership 
interests in the covered fund held by [the banking entity] in its 
capacity as investor in the [covered fund] or as beneficiary of a 
carried interest held by [the banking entity]''; (2) that such investor 
should read the fund offering documents before investing in the covered 
fund; (3) that the ``ownership interests in the covered fund are not 
insured by the FDIC, and are not deposits, obligations of, or endorsed 
or guaranteed in any way, by any banking entity'' (unless that happens 
to be the case); and (4) the role of the banking entity and its 
affiliates and employees in sponsoring or providing any services to the 
covered fund.
    Legal authorization and confidentiality: The Board's Legal Division 
has determined that section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC 
Act) authorizes the Board and the other agencies to issue rules to 
carry out the purposes of the section (12 U.S.C. 1851(b)(2)). In 
addition, section 13 requires the agencies to issue regulations 
regarding internal controls and recordkeeping to ensure compliance with 
section 13 (12 U.S.C. 1851(e)(1)). The information collection is 
required in order for covered entities to obtain the benefit of 
engaging in certain types of proprietary trading or investing in, 
sponsoring, or having certain relationships with a hedge fund or 
private equity fund, under the restrictions set forth in section 13 and 
the final rule.
    As required information, the information submitted under sections 
248.12(e) and 248.20(d) of the rule can be withheld under exemption 4 
of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) if disclosure would result in 
substantial competitive harm (National Parks and Conservation 
Association v. Morton, 498 F.2d 765 (DC Cir. 1974)). The information 
required to be submitted meets this test, as detailed below. In 
addition, the information is ``contained in or related to examination, 
operating, or condition reports prepared . . . for the use of'' the 
Board, and thus may be withheld under exemption 8 of FOIA. Under 
section 248.12(e), the banking entity, as part of any request to extend 
the period to divest ownership of a covered fund, must provide to the 
agency (among other information): The total exposure of the banking 
entity to the covered fund and its materiality to the institution; the 
risks and costs of disposing of, or maintaining the fund, within the 
applicable period; and the contractual terms governing the banking 
entity's interest in the covered fund. Among the types of information 
required to be submitted under section 248.20(d) and Appendix A are (1) 
risk and position limits and usage; (2) risk factor sensitivities; (3) 
Value-at-Risk and stress Value-at-Risk; (4) comprehensive profit and 
loss attribution; (5) inventory turnover; (6) inventory aging; and (7) 
customer facing trade ratio. Disclosure of this type of internal 
proprietary business information would clearly cause substantial 
competitive harm.
    Regarding the information contained in the rule subject to 
recordkeeping requirements only, no issues of confidentiality normally 
would arise. If such information were gathered by the Federal Reserve 
during the course of supervisory examinations and inspections, however, 
such information normally would be deemed exempt under exemption 8 of 
FOIA. The information collected in response to these recordkeeping 
requirements would be confidential commercial and financial information 
of the type normally exempt from disclosure under exemption 4 of FOIA, 
if gathered by the Federal Reserve. Such information includes: the 
banking entity's liquidity management plan to qualify for certain 
regulatory exclusions under section 248.3(d)(3); documentation 
requirements for certain hedging transactions or exemptions under 
sections 248.5(c) and 248.11(a)(2); and a detailed compliance program 
(or equivalent trading policies and procedures) under sections 
248.20(b)-(f).
    Current actions: On August 2, 2017, the Board published a notice in 
the Federal Register (82 FR 35947) requesting public comment for 60 
days on the extension, without revision, of the FR VV. The comment 
period for this notice expired on October 2, 2017. The Board did not 
receive any comments. The information collection will be extended as 
proposed.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 15, 
2017.
Ann E. Misback,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2017-27451 Filed 12-20-17; 8:45 am]
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