Federal Reserve Bank Capital Stock, 79389-79390 [2020-26199]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Rules and Regulations § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) if the creditor makes an extension of credit at consummation that is equal to or below the threshold amount in effect at the time of consummation. 5. Qualifying for exemption—subsequent changes. A transaction does not meet the condition for an exemption under § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) merely because it is used to satisfy and replace an existing exempt loan, unless the amount of the new extension of credit is equal to or less than the applicable threshold amount. For example, assume a closed-end loan that qualified for a § 1026.35(c)(2)(ii) exemption at consummation in year one is refinanced in year ten and that the new loan amount is greater than the threshold amount in effect in year ten. In these circumstances, the creditor must comply with all of the applicable requirements of § 1026.35(c) with respect to the year ten transaction if the original loan is satisfied and replaced by the new loan, unless another exemption from the requirements of § 1026.35(c) applies. See § 1026.35(c)(2) and (c)(4)(vii). * * * * * Brian P. Brooks Acting Comptroller of the Currency. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated authority. Ann Misback, Secretary of the Board. Laura Galban Federal Register Liaison, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2020–25872 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P 4810–33–P; 4810–AM–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 12 CFR Part 209 [Regulation I; Docket No. R–1732] RIN 7100–AG 02 Federal Reserve Bank Capital Stock Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Board of Governors (Board) is publishing a final rule that applies an inflation adjustment to the threshold for total consolidated assets in Regulation I. Federal Reserve Bank (Reserve Bank) stockholders that have total consolidated assets above the threshold receive a different dividend rate on their Reserve Bank stock than stockholders with total consolidated assets at or below the threshold. The Federal Reserve Act requires that the Board annually adjust the total consolidated asset threshold to reflect the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index, published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 Based on the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index as of September 30, 2020, the total consolidated asset threshold will be $10,785,000,000 through December 31, 2021. DATES: This final rule is effective January 11, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evan Winerman, Senior Counsel (202– 872–7578), Legal Division; or Michael Long, Senior Financial Institutions Policy Analyst (202–452–2262), Reserve Bank Operations and Payments Systems Division. For users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact (202) 263–4869. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Regulation I governs the issuance and cancellation of capital stock by the Reserve Banks. Under section 5 of the Federal Reserve Act 1 and Regulation I,2 a member bank must subscribe to capital stock of the Reserve Bank of its district in an amount equal to six percent of the member bank’s capital and surplus. The member bank must pay for one-half of this subscription on the date that the Reserve Bank approves its application for capital stock, while the remaining half of the subscription shall be subject to call by the Board.3 Section 7(a)(1) of the Federal Reserve Act 4 provides that Reserve Bank stockholders with $10 billion or less in total consolidated assets shall receive a six percent dividend on paid-in capital stock, while stockholders with more than $10 billion in total consolidated assets shall receive a dividend on paidin capital stock equal to the lesser of six percent and ‘‘the rate equal to the high yield of the 10-year Treasury note auctioned at the last auction held prior to the payment of such dividend.’’ Section 7(a)(1) requires that the Board adjust the threshold for total consolidated assets annually to reflect the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index, published by the BEA. Regulation I implements section 7(a)(1) of the Federal Reserve Act by (1) defining the term ‘‘total consolidated assets,’’ 5 (2) incorporating the statutory 1 12 U.S.C. 287. CFR 209.4(a). 3 12 U.S.C. 287 and 12 CFR 209.4(c)(2). 4 12 U.S.C. 289(a)(1). 5 12 CFR 209.1(d)(3) (‘‘Total consolidated assets means the total assets on the stockholder’s balance sheet as reported by the stockholder on its Consolidated Report of Condition and Income (Call Report) as of the most recent December 31, except in the case of a new member or the surviving stockholder after a merger ‘total consolidated assets’ means (until the next December 31 Call Report 2 12 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 79389 dividend rates for Reserve Bank stockholders 6 and (3) providing that the Board shall adjust the threshold for total consolidated assets annually to reflect the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index.7 The Board has explained that it ‘‘expects to make this adjustment [to the threshold for total consolidated assets] using the final second quarter estimate of the Gross Domestic Product Price Index for each year, published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.’’ 8 II. Adjustment The Board annually adjusts the $10 billion total consolidated asset threshold based on the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index between the second quarter of 2015 (the baseline year) and the second quarter of the current year.9 The second quarter 2020 Gross Domestic Product Price Index estimate published by the BEA in September 2020 (112.860) is 7.85 percent higher than the second quarter 2015 Gross Domestic Product Price Index estimate published by the BEA in September 2020 (104.647). Based on this change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index, the threshold for total consolidated assets in Regulation I will be $10,785,000,000 as of January 11, 2021. III. Administrative Law Matters Administrative Procedure Act The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) relating to notice of proposed rulemaking have not been followed in connection with the adoption of these amendments. The amendments involve expected, ministerial adjustments that are required by statute and Regulation I and are consistent with a method previously set forth by the Board.10 Accordingly, the Board finds good cause for determining, and so determines, that notice in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(b) is unnecessary. becomes available) the total consolidated assets of the new member or the surviving stockholder at the time of its application for capital stock’’). 6 12 CFR 209.4(e), (c)(1)(ii), and (d)(1)(ii); 209.2(a); and 209.3(d)(3). 7 12 CFR 209.4(f). 8 81 FR 84415, 84417 (Nov. 23, 2016). 9 The BEA makes ongoing revisions to its estimates of the Gross Domestic Product Price Index for historical calendar quarters. The Board calculates annual adjustments from the baseline year (rather than from the prior-year total consolidated asset threshold) to ensure that the adjusted total consolidated asset threshold accurately reflects the cumulative change in the BEA’s most recent estimates of the Gross Domestic Product Price Index. 10 See 12 CFR 209.4(f) and n. 8 and accompanying text, supra. E:\FR\FM\10DER1.SGM 10DER1 79390 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Regulatory Flexibility Act FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required.11 As noted previously, the Board has determined that it is unnecessary to publish a general notice of proposed rulemaking for this final rule. Accordingly, the RFA’s requirements relating to an initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply. 12 CFR Part 213 Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,12 the Board has reviewed this final rule. No collections of information pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in the final rule. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 209 Banks and banking, Federal Reserve System, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Securities. Authority and Issuance For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends Regulation I, 12 CFR part 209, as follows: PART 209—ISSUE AND CANCELLATION OF FEDERAL RESERVE BANK CAPITAL STOCK (REGULATION I) 1. The authority citation for part 209 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 222, 248, 282, 286– 288, 289, 321, 323, 327–328, and 466. 2. In part 209, remove all references to ‘‘$10,715,000,000’’ and add in their place ‘‘$10,785,000,000’’, wherever they appear. ■ By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System under delegated authority. Ann Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2020–26199 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE P 11 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604. U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320. 12 44 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 [Docket No. R–1727] RIN 7100–AF98 BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION Bureau: Rachel Ross, AttorneyAdvisor, Office of Regulations, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, at (202) 435–7700. If you require this document in an alternative electronic format, please contact CFPB_Accessibility@cfpb.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background 12 CFR Part 1013 Consumer Leasing (Regulation M) Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). ACTION: Final rules, official interpretations and commentary. AGENCY: The Board and the Bureau are finalizing amendments to the official interpretations and commentary for the agencies’ regulations that implement the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amended the CLA by requiring that the dollar threshold for exempt consumer leases be adjusted annually by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). If there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the Board and the Bureau will not adjust this exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage change in the CPI–W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. Based on the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W as of June 1, 2020, the exemption threshold will remain at $58,300 effective January 1, 2021. Because the Dodd-Frank Act also requires similar adjustments in the Truth in Lending Act’s threshold for exempt consumer credit transactions, the Board and the Bureau are making similar amendments to each of their respective regulations implementing the Truth in Lending Act elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Board: Vivian W. Wong, Senior Counsel, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, at (202) 452–3667; for users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact (202) 263–4869. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) increased the threshold in the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA) for exempt consumer leases, and the threshold in the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) for exempt consumer credit transactions,1 from $25,000 to $50,000, effective July 21, 2011.2 In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act requires that, on and after December 31, 2011, these thresholds be adjusted annually for inflation by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W), as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In April 2011, the Board issued a final rule amending Regulation M (which implements the CLA) consistent with these provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, along with a similar final rule amending Regulation Z (which implements TILA) (collectively, the Board Final Threshold Rules).3 Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act transferred rulemaking authority for a number of consumer financial protection laws from the Board to the Bureau, effective July 21, 2011. In connection with this transfer of rulemaking authority, the Bureau issued its own Regulation M implementing the CLA, 12 CFR part 1013, substantially duplicating the Board’s Regulation M.4 Although the Bureau has the authority to issue rules to implement the CLA for most entities, the Board retains authority to issue rules under the CLA for certain motor vehicle dealers covered by section 1029(a) of the DoddFrank Act, and the Board’s Regulation M continues to apply to those entities.5 1 Although consumer credit transactions above the threshold are generally exempt, loans secured by real property or by personal property used or expected to be used as the principal dwelling of a consumer and private education loans are covered by TILA regardless of the loan amount. See 12 CFR 226.3(b)(1)(i) (Board) and 12 CFR 1026.3(b)(1)(i) (Bureau). 2 Public Law 111–203, section 1100E, 124 Stat. 1376, 2111 (2010). 3 76 FR 18349 (Apr. 4, 2011); 76 FR 18354 (Apr. 4, 2011). 4 See 76 FR 78500 (Dec. 19, 2011); 81 FR 25323 (Apr. 28, 2016). 5 Section 1029(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act states: ‘‘Except as permitted in subsection (b), the Bureau may not exercise any rulemaking, supervisory, E:\FR\FM\10DER1.SGM 10DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 238 (Thursday, December 10, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 79389-79390]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 209

[Regulation I; Docket No. R-1732]
RIN 7100-AG 02


Federal Reserve Bank Capital Stock

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Board of Governors (Board) is publishing a final rule that 
applies an inflation adjustment to the threshold for total consolidated 
assets in Regulation I. Federal Reserve Bank (Reserve Bank) 
stockholders that have total consolidated assets above the threshold 
receive a different dividend rate on their Reserve Bank stock than 
stockholders with total consolidated assets at or below the threshold. 
The Federal Reserve Act requires that the Board annually adjust the 
total consolidated asset threshold to reflect the change in the Gross 
Domestic Product Price Index, published by the Bureau of Economic 
Analysis (BEA). Based on the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price 
Index as of September 30, 2020, the total consolidated asset threshold 
will be $10,785,000,000 through December 31, 2021.

DATES: This final rule is effective January 11, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evan Winerman, Senior Counsel (202-
872-7578), Legal Division; or Michael Long, Senior Financial 
Institutions Policy Analyst (202-452-2262), Reserve Bank Operations and 
Payments Systems Division. For users of Telecommunications Device for 
the Deaf (TDD) only, contact (202) 263-4869.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Regulation I governs the issuance and cancellation of capital stock 
by the Reserve Banks. Under section 5 of the Federal Reserve Act \1\ 
and Regulation I,\2\ a member bank must subscribe to capital stock of 
the Reserve Bank of its district in an amount equal to six percent of 
the member bank's capital and surplus. The member bank must pay for 
one-half of this subscription on the date that the Reserve Bank 
approves its application for capital stock, while the remaining half of 
the subscription shall be subject to call by the Board.\3\
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    \1\ 12 U.S.C. 287.
    \2\ 12 CFR 209.4(a).
    \3\ 12 U.S.C. 287 and 12 CFR 209.4(c)(2).
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    Section 7(a)(1) of the Federal Reserve Act \4\ provides that 
Reserve Bank stockholders with $10 billion or less in total 
consolidated assets shall receive a six percent dividend on paid-in 
capital stock, while stockholders with more than $10 billion in total 
consolidated assets shall receive a dividend on paid-in capital stock 
equal to the lesser of six percent and ``the rate equal to the high 
yield of the 10-year Treasury note auctioned at the last auction held 
prior to the payment of such dividend.'' Section 7(a)(1) requires that 
the Board adjust the threshold for total consolidated assets annually 
to reflect the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index, 
published by the BEA.
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    \4\ 12 U.S.C. 289(a)(1).
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    Regulation I implements section 7(a)(1) of the Federal Reserve Act 
by (1) defining the term ``total consolidated assets,'' \5\ (2) 
incorporating the statutory dividend rates for Reserve Bank 
stockholders \6\ and (3) providing that the Board shall adjust the 
threshold for total consolidated assets annually to reflect the change 
in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index.\7\ The Board has explained 
that it ``expects to make this adjustment [to the threshold for total 
consolidated assets] using the final second quarter estimate of the 
Gross Domestic Product Price Index for each year, published by the 
Bureau of Economic Analysis.'' \8\
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    \5\ 12 CFR 209.1(d)(3) (``Total consolidated assets means the 
total assets on the stockholder's balance sheet as reported by the 
stockholder on its Consolidated Report of Condition and Income (Call 
Report) as of the most recent December 31, except in the case of a 
new member or the surviving stockholder after a merger `total 
consolidated assets' means (until the next December 31 Call Report 
becomes available) the total consolidated assets of the new member 
or the surviving stockholder at the time of its application for 
capital stock'').
    \6\ 12 CFR 209.4(e), (c)(1)(ii), and (d)(1)(ii); 209.2(a); and 
209.3(d)(3).
    \7\ 12 CFR 209.4(f).
    \8\ 81 FR 84415, 84417 (Nov. 23, 2016).
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II. Adjustment

    The Board annually adjusts the $10 billion total consolidated asset 
threshold based on the change in the Gross Domestic Product Price Index 
between the second quarter of 2015 (the baseline year) and the second 
quarter of the current year.\9\ The second quarter 2020 Gross Domestic 
Product Price Index estimate published by the BEA in September 2020 
(112.860) is 7.85 percent higher than the second quarter 2015 Gross 
Domestic Product Price Index estimate published by the BEA in September 
2020 (104.647). Based on this change in the Gross Domestic Product 
Price Index, the threshold for total consolidated assets in Regulation 
I will be $10,785,000,000 as of January 11, 2021.
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    \9\ The BEA makes ongoing revisions to its estimates of the 
Gross Domestic Product Price Index for historical calendar quarters. 
The Board calculates annual adjustments from the baseline year 
(rather than from the prior-year total consolidated asset threshold) 
to ensure that the adjusted total consolidated asset threshold 
accurately reflects the cumulative change in the BEA's most recent 
estimates of the Gross Domestic Product Price Index.
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III. Administrative Law Matters

Administrative Procedure Act

    The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) relating to notice of proposed 
rulemaking have not been followed in connection with the adoption of 
these amendments. The amendments involve expected, ministerial 
adjustments that are required by statute and Regulation I and are 
consistent with a method previously set forth by the Board.\10\ 
Accordingly, the Board finds good cause for determining, and so 
determines, that notice in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(b) is 
unnecessary.
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    \10\ See 12 CFR 209.4(f) and n. 8 and accompanying text, supra.

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Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking 
where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required.\11\ As 
noted previously, the Board has determined that it is unnecessary to 
publish a general notice of proposed rulemaking for this final rule. 
Accordingly, the RFA's requirements relating to an initial and final 
regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply.
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    \11\ 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604.
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Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,\12\ the 
Board has reviewed this final rule. No collections of information 
pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in the final 
rule.
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    \12\ 44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320.
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List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 209

    Banks and banking, Federal Reserve System, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Securities.

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends 
Regulation I, 12 CFR part 209, as follows:

PART 209--ISSUE AND CANCELLATION OF FEDERAL RESERVE BANK CAPITAL 
STOCK (REGULATION I)

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1. The authority citation for part 209 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  12 U.S.C. 222, 248, 282, 286-288, 289, 321, 323, 
327-328, and 466.


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2. In part 209, remove all references to ``$10,715,000,000'' and add in 
their place ``$10,785,000,000'', wherever they appear.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
under delegated authority.
Ann Misback,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2020-26199 Filed 12-9-20; 8:45 am]
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