The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the management component of the CAMELS rating for Wells Fargo Bank, NA had been downgraded to a “3” during 2017.  A “3” rating of management means that the capabilities of management or the board of directors “may be insufficient for the type, size or condition of the institution.”  At best, a “3” rating of management equates to a C minus on a report card.
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On October 27, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a full-service national bank charter since the financial crisis to Winter Park National Bank.  Winter Park National Bank is the first de novo national bank and first de novo approved for federal deposit insurance in Florida since the financial crisis.

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On October 12, 2017, the OCC issued OCC Bulletin 2017-40 announcing the release of its Policies and Procedures Manual 5000-43 (PPM 5000-43), which outlines the OCC’s policy and framework for how the agency determines Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ratings when there’s evidence of discriminatory or other illegal credit practices directly related to a bank’s CRA

payday loan pen and paperOn October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its nearly 1,700-page final rule for short-term loans (“Payday Lending Rule”). Notably, almost simultaneously with the CFPB’s announced Payday Lending Rule, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) rescinded its longstanding Guidance on Supervisory Concerns and Expectations Regarding Deposit Advance Products (“DAP Guidance”), theoretically opening the door for banks to offer short-term credit products to customers with less regulatory burden.

When will the Payday Lending Rule become effective?

While certain provisions of the Payday Lending Rule relating to the registration of information systems will become effective 60 days after the Payday Lending Rule is published in the Federal Register, the rest of the Payday Lending Rule will become effective 21 months after publication in the Federal Register. Consequently, the Payday Lending Rule will not become effective until sometime during the summer of 2019. Given that the term of the current CFPB Director expires in mid-2018, and will presumably be replaced by a director less hostile to the payday loan industry, some industry commentators speculate that the Payday Lending Rule, at least in its present form, may never become effective.
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Here are our observations on the 2018 OCC Bank Supervision Operating Plan:

– Cybersecurity is a top priority.

– Credit underwriting, as always.

– BSA is frequently mentioned.

– Business model sustainability and change management are emphasizing the M in CAMELS.

– Fair lending is far down the list.

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