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FASB Revises CECL to Address Community Banker Concerns

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has agreed to address community banker concerns and will revise its upcoming Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) proposal. This important news was reported by ICBA’s Vice Chairman Timothy Zimmerman after a recent meeting of FASB’s Transition Resource Group on CECL. The revised CECL proposal will be more flexible and scalable for community banks by allowing them to evaluate and adjust the loan loss amounts using qualitative factors, historic losses, and their current systems such as spreadsheets and narratives. The revised CECL proposal is expected to be released mid-year. Community bankers must remain vigilant to ensure that the regulators and auditors who will be implementing CECL recognize the full extent of the significant concessions FASB has agreed to make. Read ICBA Release.

April 5, 2016

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CBAI Urges Community Bank Regulatory Relief in Final EGRPRA Letter

CBAI urged broad regulatory relief for community banks in its final Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) comment letter. The EGRPRA Act of 1996 requires that banking regulations be reviewed by the agencies at least once every 10 years. The purpose of this review is to identify outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations and consider how to reduce regulatory burden on insured depository institutions. CBAI urged regulators to act swiftly to identify and implement changes in regulations that will help ease the regulatory burden which threatens the survival of many community banks.

CBAI made a number of specific recommendations including: increasing CTR threshold and greater FinCEN transparency and accountability, increasing CRA examination thresholds and applying the CRA to credit unions, greater recognition of managements’ efforts in repeat examination findings to accurately reflect effort and progress, including reciprocal deposits as core deposits for Call Report purposes and exempting them from restrictions for less than well capitalized banks, and eliminating the requirement to consistently file an FY Y-8 when a bank holding company is limited in its activity so as to have no covered transactions. Read CBAI Comment Letter.

March 21, 2016

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Overwhelming Majority of U.S. House Calls on CFPB to Exempt Small Banks

An overwhelming majority of the United States House of Representatives (329 members) have called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to exempt small community banks from CFPB rules. House members said in a letter to CFPB that the Bureau needs to routinely distinguish between community banks and the very large financial institutions/nonbank lenders, and account for the burden associated with compliance particularly for small institutions.

The letter notes that the Dodd-Frank Act specifically recognizes the need to tailor regulations to fit the diversity of the marketplace and gives the CFPB authority to adapt regulations by allowing it to exempt “any class” of entity from its rulemaking. The letter concluded by urging the Bureau to ensure that regulations do not have the unintended consequences of limiting services and increasing costs. Read House Letter.

CBAI thanks the following Illinois members of the U.S. House for signing the letter to the CFPB:

Mike Bost (R-12)
Cheri Bustos (D-17)
Rodney Davis (R-13)
Robert Dold (R-10)
Bill Foster (D-11) - Member of House Financial Services Committee
Randy Hultgren (R-14) - Member of House Financial Services Committee
Adam Kinzinger (R-16)
Robin Kelly (D-02)
Darin LaHood (R-18)
Daniel Lipinski (D-03)
Mike Quigley (D-05)
Peter Roskam (R-06)
Bobby Rush (D-01)
John Shimkus (R-15)

March 14, 2016

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Senator Kirk Urges Meaningful Regulatory Relief for Community Banks

Illinois’ Mark Kirk joined a group of bipartisan Senators in signing a member letter to regulators urging meaningful regulatory relief for community banks as part of the review process mandated by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) process.

The member letter highlighted the “ever increasing regulatory burden” on community banks, and notes that the nation is “losing small banks” and the “regulatory framework is discouraging the creation of new ones.” The letter also highlighted the criticisms leveled at the regulators during the 2006 EGRPRA review “because the regulators subsequently failed to repeal or eliminate many substantive regulations.”

The letter concludes by stating, “To ensure that the current review has a more successful outcome, it is critical that the regulators not only gather the necessary feedback, identify the most burdensome regulations, but take meaningful steps to create a regulatory environment in which traditional lending can thrive in all communities.”, and finally - “we must not squander an opportunity to make a lasting impact on our regulatory landscape.”

CBAI thanks Senator Kirk for signing this important bipartisan member letter to banking regulators. Read Member Letter.

March 16, 2016

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CLEAR Act Cosponsors Now Exceed 100

CBAI thanks Congressmen Mike Bost (R-12), Rodney Davis (R-13), Robert Dold (R-10), Randy Hultgren (R-14), Adam Kinzinger (R-16), Darin LaHood (R-18), and John Shimkus (R-15) for cosponsoring the Commercial Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 1233). This legislation, which is supported by CBAI and ICBA, recently crossed the century mark in bi-partisan cosponsors and contains a number of measures which will help ease excessive, redundant and costly regulations to help community banks dedicate more of their resources to promoting economic growth. Read Summary of CLEAR Act.

February 12, 2016