A new ratings framework aligned to regulatory reform priorities

On August 3, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) released a notice of proposed rulemaking that would establish a new rating system for large financial institutions (LFIs). Specifically, the new rating system would apply to bank holding companies (BHCs) and non-insurance, non-commercial savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs) with more than $50 billion in total assets, as well as intermediate holding companies (IHCs) of foreign banking organizations.

The proposal includes a new rating scale under which component ratings would be assigned for:

  1. Capital planning and positions,
  2. Liquidity risk management and positions, and
  3. Governance and controls.

In essence, the Fed is revamping its rating system for LFIs to catch up with the Fed’s post-crisis heightened supervisory expectations and approach to LFI supervision.  The Fed proposes to assign initial ratings under the new rating system during 2018.

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Modernizing risk & compliance and Regulation YY implementation

In our previous blogs on foreign banking organizations (FBOs), we highlighted our thoughts on some of the next set of challenges for large FBOs following the July 1, 2016 compliance deadline to establish Intermediate Holding Companies (IHCs). We recognize the long road to operationalizing run-the-bank (RtB) processes has just begun and the true “use” tests of the IHCs and their combined US Operations will be unfolding for some time. FBOs have experienced a significant period of change for more than three years, and the baton has now been passed from large change programs to implementation programs. The focus has shifted to embedding the IHC/Regulation YY requirements into businesses to execute, control functions (i.e., second line functions) to monitor and test, and internal audit to validate.

It is critical that FBOs operationalize and then sustain their RtB processes, and reinforce and/or enhance the Three Lines of Defense (3 LoD) governance models currently in place. The ability of these functions working end-to-end and across siloes to do their jobs will be a critical point for enabling risk identification, monitoring and mitigation, ensuring a robust risk and compliance culture, and providing a US-centric view of the FBO’s operations and risk profile. The regulatory spotlight, especially over the course of the next year, will be on risk, compliance and internal audit, and the effectiveness of these second and third lines of defense to identify whether the processes are working.

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FRB finalizes regulatory reporting requirements for IHCs, clarifies that IHC subsidiaries of LISCC FBOs are not yet subject to CFO attestation requirement

Posted by Craig Brown, Deloitte Advisory managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP, on June 2, 2016

As large foreign banking organizations (FBOs) prepare for the July 1, 2016 compliance date to establish their intermediate holding companies (IHCs) under Regulation YY, regulatory reporting has become a key area of focus.  Regulators have increased their expectations with respect to governance, controls, data, and ownership over reporting, especially in connection with the FR Y-14 reports related to capital assessments and stress testing.  Although many IHCs will be subject to certain of the Federal Reserve Board’s (FRB) regulatory reports for the first time, these firms should be prepared to meet regulators’ heightened expectations across their US operations.

On May 31, 2016, the FRB finalized the initial application of several regulatory reports to IHCs—including the FR Y-14 series, the FR Y-9C (Consolidated Financial Statements for Holding Companies), and the FR Y-15 (Banking Organization Systemic Risk Report)—beginning with the reporting period ending on September 30, 2016.  In addition, IHCs must comply with the information collections associated with applicable regulatory capital rules beginning on the July 1, 2016 IHC compliance date.

Although the FRB adopted the regulatory reporting framework for IHCs largely as proposed in February 2016, there are certain key changes and clarifications that IHCs should understand now.

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