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SFA submits comment letter to FDIC on Federal Interest Rate Authority

On Tuesday, February 4, SFA and the Bank Policy Institute (BPI) submitted a joint letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Confirmation (FDIC) on its proposal regarding clarity around the Federal Interest Rate Authority.

SFA publishes CLO white paper

Our white paper gives a primer on how Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) work, the crucial role they play in our economy, and several misconceptions that are currently held by policy makers and market participants alike.

FHFA Announces Steps Fannie and Freddie Are Taking Towards Libor Transition

On Wednesday, February 5, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taking new steps to ease the transition from Libor to SOFR.

Regulators Contemplate Allowing Government-Chartered Cooperatives to Expand to Nonbank Firms and REITs

Federal Home Loan Banks may soon evolve and grow. Currently, regulators are weighing allowing the cooperatives to expand to nonbank firms and real-estate investment trusts (REITs).

World Economic Forum Validates ESG Investing

At a recent World Economic Forum in Davos, a significant push was made for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. In the wake of similar endorsements in the past few months, the momentum of ESG investing continues.

FHFA Repositions Itself as Supervisor at Precipice of GSE Overhaul

As recent developments push Fannie and Freddie towards conservatorship, FHFA is now redefining itself as more of a traditional regulator than they have been in the past decade.

Isolation of China due to the Coronavirus Has Impact on Economy

The Cornoavirus, which began in China, has infected more than 17,000 people, causing the U.S. and Europe to block visitors from China and screen returning citizens. As one of the world’s largest economies comes to a standstill, the impact on the economy is significant.

Volcker Rule Changes Announced

SFA is pleased that on January 31, the federal regulatory agencies announced proposed changes to the Volcker Rule that will modify and clarify requirements related to the Covered Fund Provisions of the rule.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Explores Housing Discrimination Based on Race in Her Latest Book

In “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership”, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes about the issues of racial discrimination in housing – from redlining to the segregation of housing projects – and Chicago’s role in it all.

Latest Rollback of the Volcker Rule Will Ease Restrictions on Banks’ Investment in Venture-Capital Funds

The Volcker Rule, part of the Dodd-Frank Act, has been a top target of the Trump administration since its inception. Now, a new change to the rule would rollback another banking restriction – one preventing banks from investing in venture-capital funds.