A new age for governance

On August 3, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) proposed guidance that would significantly revise its expectations for boards of directors by laying out its view of the five key attributes that describe an effective board.  The proposal would also set in motion efforts to better delineate the roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities among senior management and the board by rescinding or revising past guidance and rules.  The proposed guidance on board effectiveness would apply to US bank holding companies (BHCs), savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs), and nonbank financial companies designated by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) as systemically important.  The proposed guidance would not apply to intermediate holding companies (IHCs) of foreign banking organizations or state member banks, but the Fed noted that it anticipates proposing guidance on board effectiveness for IHCs at a later date, and requested feedback on how the guidance should be adapted to apply to IHCs and state member banks. The proposed guidance would also be used as part of the Fed’s supervisory assessment of board effectiveness outlined in a companion proposal on a new rating system for large financial institutions (LFIs).1

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FSOC issues update on potential systemic risks in asset management

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On April 18, 2016, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC or the Council) issued an update1 on its review of potential systemic risks arising from asset management products and activities.

The FSOC’s review—including its December 2014 notice seeking public comment on asset management-related issues—has focused on five areas:  liquidity and redemption, leverage, operational risk, securities lending, and resolvability and transition planning.

In conducting its analysis, the FSOC utilized publicly available data, confidential data reported on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Form PF, input from member agencies with supervisory authority, academic studies, and submissions in response to the request for public comment.

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