Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program
The FDIC is adopting a Final Rule to implement its Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. The Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program, designed to avoid or mitigate adverse effects on economic conditions or financial stability, has two primary components: The Debt Guarantee Program, by which the FDIC will guarantee the payment of certain newly- issued senior unsecured debt, and the Transaction Account Guarantee Program, by which the FDIC will guarantee certain noninterest-bearing transaction accounts.
Proposed Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines
The OCC, FRB, FDIC, OTS, and NCUA (the Agencies), request comment on the proposed Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines (proposed Guidelines). The proposed Guidelines, which would supersede the 1994 Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines (1994 Guidelines), reflect revisions to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the evolution of collateral valuation practices, such as the use of automated valuation models (AVMs). The proposed Guidelines also incorporate refinements made by the Agencies to the supervision of regulated institutions' appraisal and evaluation programs since 1994 and reflect the participation of the NCUA, which was not a party to the 1994 Guidelines. The proposed Guidelines are intended to clarify the Agencies' real estate appraisal regulations and promote a safe and sound real estate collateral valuation program.
On October 7, 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking with request for comments on revisions to 12 CFR part 327 (see 73 FR 61560). The rulemaking proposed effective January 1, 2009, to raise the current assessment rates uniformly by seven basis points for the first quarter 2009 assessment period only; effective April 1, 2009, alter the way in which the FDIC's risk-based assessment system differentiates for risk and again change deposit insurance assessment rates; and also effective April 1, 2009, make technical and other changes to the rules governing the risk-based assessment system. The proposed rules were published for a 30-day comment period, which is scheduled to close on November 17, 2008. In order to afford interested parties additional time beyond the present 30-day comment period to review the proposals with an April 1, 2009 effective date, the FDIC is extending the period for public comment by 30 days, that is, until December 17, 2008. The present 30-day comment period for the proposed seven basis point rate increase for the first quarter of 2009 only, with its separate proposed effective date of January 1, 2009, is not extended and will expire on November 17, 2008.
Insurability of Funds Underlying Stored Value Cards and Other Nontraditional Access Mechanisms
In 1996, the FDIC published General Counsel's Opinion No. 8 (``GC8''). Through that opinion, the Legal Division of the FDIC sought to clarify the meaning of the term ``deposit'' as that term relates to funds underlying stored value cards. Subsequently, the banking industry developed new types of stored value products with the result that GC8 is obsolete. For this reason, the Legal Division has decided to replace GC8. Under the new GC8, all funds underlying stored value products will be treated as ``deposits'' if they have been placed at an insured depository institution. As a result, all such funds will be subject to FDIC assessments. Also, all such funds will be insured up to the insurance limit. Whether the funds are insurable to the holders of the access mechanisms, as opposed to the distributor of the access mechanisms, will depend upon the satisfaction of the FDIC's standard requirements for obtaining ``pass-through'' insurance coverage. This treatment of the funds underlying stored value products does not differ from the treatment set forth in a proposed rule published by the FDIC in August of 2005. See 70 FR 45571 (August 8, 2005). The new GC8 will provide guidance to the public about the insurance coverage of funds underlying nontraditional access mechanisms. Also, the new GC8 will promote accuracy and consistency by insured depository institutions in reporting ``deposits'' for inclusion in an institution's assessment base.
Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program
The FDIC is amending its Interim Rule with Request for Comment (Interim Rule) relating to implementation of its Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLG Program) by extending the opt out date for eligible entities until December 5, 2008; extending the deadline for complying with certain disclosure requirements related to the TLG Program until December 19, 2008; and establishing assessment procedures to accommodate the extended opt out period.