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Agencies release annual CRA asset-size threshold adjustments

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance CRA FDIC Federal Reserve Supervision

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On December 17, the Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC announced the joint annual adjustments to CRA asset-size thresholds used to define small and intermediate small banks, which are subject to streamlined CRA evaluations and not subject to the reporting requirements applicable to large banks unless they choose to be evaluated as one. A “small” bank is defined as an institution that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had less than $1.322 billion in assets. An “intermediate small” bank is defined as an institution that, as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years, had at least $330 million in assets, and as of December 31 of either of the past two calendar years, had less than $1.322 billion in assets. This joint final rule became effective on January 1.

The OCC did not join in this announcement. As previously covered by a Buckley Special Alert, on May 20, the OCC announced the final rule to modernize the regulatory framework implementing the CRA. Its new CRA rule defines a small bank as an institution with $600 million or less in assets in four of the last five calendar quarters and an intermediate small bank as having $2.5 billion or less in assets in four of the last five calendar quarters.

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