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Fed proposes updates to capital planning requirements

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Federal Reserve Stress Test Of Interest to Non-US Persons

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On September 30, the Federal Reserve Board issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to tailor the requirements in the Fed’s capital plan rule applicable to large bank holding companies and U.S. intermediate holding companies of foreign banking organizations. The changes would conform the capital planning, regulatory reporting, and stress capital buffer requirements for firms with $100 billion or more in total assets (Category IV) with the tailored regulatory framework approved by the Fed last October (covered by InfoBytes here). The NPRM would also make additional changes to the Fed’s stress testing rules, stress testing policy statement, and regulatory reporting requirements related to “business plan change assumptions, capital action assumptions, and the publication of company-run stress test results for savings and loan holding companies” to be consistent with a final rule issued last year that amended resolution planning requirements for large domestic and foreign firms (covered by InfoBytes here). These changes include removing company-run stress test requirements and implementing biennial, rather than annual, supervisory stress tests for firms subject to Category IV standards. Additionally, the Fed seeks comments on its existing capital planning guidance for firms of all sizes. Notably, the Fed states that the NPRM would not affect the calculation of firms’ capital requirements. Comments on the NPRM are due November 20.

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