CARES Act Impacts Banking and Finance Industry

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes wide-ranging provisions that will have direct and indirect impacts on the banking and finance industry.

The unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package includes, among other things, provisions for the removal of the cap on the FDIC’s guarantee of insured deposits; waiver by the OCC of single-borrower lending limits for national banks; reduction of the minimum leverage ratio for community banks; favorable accounting treatment for loan modifications; and authority for a guarantee program for the U.S. money market mutual fund industry.

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Considerations for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses in Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic

Many small and mid-sized businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in dealing the COVID-19 pandemic.  In many states, “non-essential” businesses have faced complete shutdowns.  In the face of COVID-19, small and mid-sized businesses face myriad challenges and it can be overwhelming to try to tackle them with limited human and capital resources.  The below is a list of key risk-mitigation items that should be priorities for small and mid-sized businesses as they face remote working challenges and capital crunches. Continue reading “Considerations for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses in Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic”

Due to COVID-19 Threats, Financial Regulators Require Pandemic Policies

Federal and state financial regulatory agencies are requiring banks and other financial institutions to have policies in place in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 6, 2020, the federal bank regulatory agencies―including the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)―issued an Interagency Statement on Pandemic Planning, which requires financial institutions to have an adequate business continuity plan (BCP) to address the potential adverse effects of COVID-19 and other pandemics.

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