Risk-Based Capital Guidelines; Capital Adequacy Guidelines; Capital Maintenance: Domestic Capital Modifications
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) (collectively, ``the Agencies'') are considering various revisions to the existing risk-based capital framework that would enhance its risk sensitivity. These changes would apply to banks, bank holding companies, and savings associations (``banking organizations''). The Agencies are soliciting comment on possible modifications to their risk-based capital standards that would facilitate the development of fuller and more comprehensive proposals applicable to a range of activities and exposures. This ANPR discusses various modifications that would increase the number of risk-weight categories, permit greater use of external ratings as an indicator of credit risk for externally-rated exposures, expand the types of guarantees and collateral that may be recognized, and modify the risk weights associated with residential mortgages. This ANPR also discusses approaches that would change the credit conversion factor for certain types of commitments, assign a risk-based capital charge to certain securitizations with early-amortization provisions, and assign a higher risk weight to loans that are 90 days or more past due or in nonaccrual status and to certain commercial real estate exposures. The Agencies are also considering modifying the risk weights on certain other retail and commercial exposures.
Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks
The Board of Governors is amending appendix A of Regulation CC to delete the reference to the Oklahoma City branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and reassign the Federal Reserve routing symbols currently listed under that office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and delete the reference to the Columbus office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and reassign the routing symbols listed under that office to the Cincinnati branch office and the head office of that Reserve Bank. These amendments will ensure that the information in appendix A accurately describes the actual structure of check processing operations within the Federal Reserve System. The amendments to the routing symbol lists in appendix A under the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland differ from the Board's September 28, 2004, general advance notice. (See 69 FR 57837.)
Truth in Lending
The Board is publishing for public comment a second advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) regarding the open-end (revolving) credit rules of the Board's Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The Board periodically reviews each of its regulations to update them, if necessary. In December 2004, the Board published an initial ANPR to commence a comprehensive review of the open-end credit rules. The ANPR sought public comment on a variety of issues relating to the format of open-end credit disclosures, the content of disclosures, and the substantive protections provided under the regulation. The comment period closed on March 28, 2005. On April 20, 2005, President Bush signed into law the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Bankruptcy Act), which contains several amendments to TILA, including provisions concerning open-end credit disclosures. The Board plans to implement the amendments to TILA as part of its review of Regulation Z, and is publishing this second ANPR to reopen and extend the public comment period to obtain comments on implementing the Bankruptcy Act's amendments to TILA.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Joint Comment Request
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the OCC, the Board, and the FDIC (the ``agencies'') may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. On August 17, 2004, the agencies, under the auspices of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), published a notice in the Federal Register (69 FR 51145) (August proposal) requesting public comment on proposed revisions to the Country Exposure Report (FFIEC 009) and the Country Exposure Information Report (FFIEC 009a), which are currently approved information collections. After considering the two comments received, the FFIEC and the agencies modified the August 2004 proposal. On April 19, 2005, the agencies published a notice in the Federal Register (April proposal) requesting public comment on the modified August 2004 proposal. The FFIEC and the agencies have considered the three comments received and have made further modifications to the April proposal. The agencies are now submitting requests to OMB for approval of the revisions to the FFIEC 009 and FFIEC 009a reports that have been adopted by the FFIEC.
Federal Reserve Bank Services Private Sector Adjustment Factor
The Board has approved modifications to the method for calculating the private sector adjustment factor, which imputes the costs that would have been incurred and profits that would have been earned, including the return on equity capital, had the Federal Reserve Banks' priced services been provided by a private sector business. When setting prices in 2006, the Board will use only the capital asset pricing model to determine the target return on equity capital. Rather than continuing the long-standing process of identifying a peer group to calibrate the target return on equity capital, the return on equity capital will be based on the rate of return for the equity market as a whole. The Board's method for setting the level of equity capital imputed to priced services would continue to be based on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation guidelines for a well-capitalized depository institution for insurance premium purposes. In addition, the Board will continue using the financial data from the top fifty bank holding companies by deposit balance to determine the priced-services effective tax rate each year.
Real Estate Appraisal Exceptions in Major Disaster Areas
Section 2 of the Depository Institutions Disaster Relief Act of 1992 (DIDRA) authorizes the Agencies to make exceptions to statutory and regulatory requirements relating to appraisals for certain transactions. The exceptions are available for transactions that involve real property in major disaster areas when the exceptions would facilitate recovery from the disaster and would be consistent with safety and soundness. In this notice, the Agencies grant exceptions for certain real estate-related transactions in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The expiration dates for the exceptions are set out in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions
The Board is amending Regulation D, Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions, to reflect the annual indexing of the low reserve tranche and of the reserve requirement exemption amount for 2006. The Regulation D amendments increase the amount of net transaction accounts at each depository institution that is subject to a three percent reserve requirement in 2006 from $47.6 million to $48.3 million. This amount is known as the low reserve tranche. The Regulation D amendments also increase the amount of total reservable liabilities of each depository institution that is subject to a zero percent reserve requirement in 2006 from $7.0 million to $7.8 million. This amount is known as the reserve requirement exemption amount. The adjustments to both of these amounts are derived using statutory formulas specified in the Federal Reserve Act. The Board is also announcing increases in two other amounts, the nonexempt deposit cutoff level and the reduced reporting limit, that are used to determine the frequency with which depository institutions must submit deposit reports. These amounts are indexed annually in order to reduce reporting burden for smaller depository institutions.
Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has adopted final amendments to its Regulation A to reflect the Board's approval of an increase in the primary credit rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The secondary credit rate at each Reserve Bank automatically increased by formula as a result of the Board's primary credit rate action.